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African Studies Program

The African Studies program at the College of Charleston supports a wide spectrum of guest speakers and extracurricular activities, and plays an important role in the internationalization of the college curriculum and the college community. 

Students who minor in African Studies benefit from interdisciplinary coursework that surveys the diverse cultures, geography, literature, politics and economics of the African continent. They also develop in-depth knowledge of various African countries, both historically and in the modern age.

Most often hailing from the disciplines of anthropology, English, French, history, political science and religious studies, the widely varied interests of our minors generate cross-disciplinary and trans-cultural dialogues that provide useful preparation for any work in which solid and creative research and communication skills are essential.

African Studies minors have gone on to government and private sector employment in academia, computer science, environmentalism, foreign service, health sciences, human rights, international business, library science, journalism, law and politics, as well as other fields.

To expand our students’ understanding of global connections, the program strongly encourages study abroad on the African continent. 


African Studies Program News

‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ film screening this October!
Posted on 17 July 2014 | 11:50 am
We’ll be hosting a screening of ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ this October during the annual SERSAS conference (! Stay tuned for details. Following Government Censors Board Approval ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’ Gets a Nigerian Release Date + Producers/Distributor Release Statement  
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Gestures won’t defeat Boko Haram
Posted on 27 May 2014 | 12:49 pm
Written by Professor Chris Day for the Post & Courier Posted: Monday, May 26, 2014 12:01 a.m. Nigeria does not have a kidnapping problem. It has a Boko Haram problem. The armed group’s abduction of hundreds of young girls is a shameless abuse of human rights. But the recent social media obsession with the issue […]
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