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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

Study Abroad in Morocco this Summer!
Posted on 13 January 2015 | 2:04 pm There will be two informational meetings regarding the 2015 program hosted by the leaders, Dr. Jack Parson and Dr. Abdellatif Attafi.  Anyone interested in this study abroad opportunity should plan to attend one.  The trip leaders will talk about the program and answer any questions.  They also hope to have one or more students who […]
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Film Screening of ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ on Friday, Oct. 24 at 6pm
Posted on 22 October 2014 | 11:56 am
A film screening of ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ which will be showing in the College of Charleston’s Education Center building (25 St. Philip Street), room 118 on October 24 (Friday) at 6pm. This is a film adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel about the Biafran War and initially was prohibited from being released in […]
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