African Studies

College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies

Program Description

The Minor and Certificate in African Studies are identical programs. The Minor is recommended for students undertaking completion of a Bachelor’s degree. The Certificate is recommended for students who have already completed a Bachelor’s degree.

The program is intended to improve students’ understanding of modern Africa. As a significant part of the world community, Africa merits focused and sustained study. This program provides a cohesive, directed effort to develop students’ knowledge and appreciation for Africa’s peoples, geography, institutions, arts, customs, languages, traditions, resources, politics, and social structures. The program is designed and structured in a way that will be useful to the student, both professionally and academically. The Minor is of particular relevance for students interested in acquiring an integrated perception and understanding of Africa. The program provides different options: a specific emphasis in international relations; interests in a particular aspect of African life such as art, history, or society; or general intellectual curiosity.

The CSU International Programs provide opportunities for students at Sacramento State to study and live in Africa.  This constitutes a valuable adjunct to African Studies on the campus. Students are strongly urged to take at least one year of a language used in Africa other than English. Course selection for each student is worked out with an advisor from the African Studies faculty in conjunction with the Director of Pan African Studies.

Contact Information

Boatamo Mosupyoe, Director African Studies
Chair/Professor Ethnic Studies
Amador Hall 462D
(916) 278-3536
(916) 278-7570

Faculty

AL-QAZZAZ, AYAD

CAMERON-WEDDING, RITA

DUBE, SMILE

GATSON, JESSIE

GREEN, RICKY

KIBURI, FUNDI

MOSUPYOE, BOATAMO

UWAZIE, ERNEST

WHEELER, VALERIE

Minor in African Studies

Units required for Minor: 21

ETHN 10Africa: Myths and Realities3
GOVT 142Government and Politics in Africa3
HIST 7History of African Civilizations3
HIST 141History of Africa Since 18003
HIST 142History of Women in Africa3
Select two of the following:6
Elementary Swahili
Elementary Swahili
Introduction to Pan African Studies
African Religions and Philosophies
Topics In African Studies
Middle Eastern Societies and Culture
Total Units21

Certificate in African Studies

ETHN 10Africa: Myths and Realities3
GOVT 142Government and Politics in Africa3
HIST 7History of African Civilizations3
HIST 141History of Africa Since 18003
HIST 142History of Women in Africa3
Select two of the following:6
Elementary Swahili
Elementary Swahili
Introduction to Pan African Studies
African Religions and Philosophies
Topics In African Studies
Middle Eastern Societies and Culture
Total Units21