Stephen R. Wooten, Program Director
175 Prince Lucien Campbell Hall
5206 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-5206
Lindsay F. Braun, history
Yvonne A. Braun, women’s and gender studies
André Djiffack, Romance languages
Jenifer P. Craig, dance
John Fenn, arts and administration
Stephen R. Frost, anthropology
Daphne E. Gallagher, anthropology
Dennis C. Galvan, international studies
Ibrahim J. Gassama, law
Lisa M. Gilman, English
Melissa Graboyes, history
Rita Honka, dance
Karen McPherson, Romance languages
Doris L. Payne, linguistics
H. Leslie Steeves, journalism and communication
Peter A. Walker, geography
Janis C. Weeks, biology
Frances J. White, anthropology
Stephen R. Wooten, international studies
Chris Bennett, international affairs
Ken DeBevoise, political science
Anthony Hicks, law
Gwen Meyer, special education and clinical sciences, retired
Kathy Poole, international affairs
John E. Russell, library
About the Program
The African Studies Program encourages teaching and scholarship on sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, and the wider African diaspora. The program is a focal point for students and faculty members with expertise in African studies, encouraging course offerings related to Africa, promoting study abroad programs and internships, raising funds to expand African studies resources, and organizing campus and local community events pertaining to Africa. In addition, the program supports faculty and student research on Africa and facilitates dissemination of research through the Baobab Lectures (for faculty and guest presentations) and the Acacia Seminars (for presentations of student research and experiences).
Students may earn an undergraduate minor in African studies.
The university sponsors a summer journalism program in Ghana as well as a summer international studies program in Dakar, Senegal. UO students may apply to study at the University of Ghana; the University of Cape Town or Stellenbosch University, South Africa; or the University Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegal, through the Council on International Educational Exchange. Students may also choose one of nineteen programs in thirteen African countries sponsored by the School for International Training—Botswana, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, and Uganda. Financial aid is available for all these programs. For more information, call the International Affairs office, 541-346-3207.
Students in all University of Oregon study abroad programs enroll in courses with subject codes that are unique to individual programs. Special course numbers are reserved for overseas study. See International Affairs in the Academic Resources section of this catalog. Students may earn academic credit while gaining career-related work experience through internships in sub-Saharan Africa overseen by the IE3 Global Internships program. Financial aid is available. Information may be requested from the International Affairs office.
African Language Study
The UO offers first- and second-year Modern Standard Arabic and Swahili. UO 5-credit Arabic and Swahili courses satisfy the university’s two-year BA foreign-language requirement. For courses in Arabic, see the Religious Studies section of this catalog.
The University of Oregon also offers opportunities for self-study, with the assistance of native speakers, in Akan, Wolof, Bamana-Dyula, Hausa-Fulani, Shona, and Amharic. Information is available from the Yamada Language Center; call 541-346-4011.
Minor in African Studies
Each student in the minor program is assigned a faculty advisor. Students who want to earn an undergraduate minor in African studies must satisfy the following requirements, comprising 28 graded credits and either the study of an African language or a study abroad or internship opportunity in Africa. Current Africa-related courses that count toward the minor are listed on the program website (africa.uoregon.edu) under the african studies minor link.
Four Required Courses (16 credits).
Introduction to African Studies (HUM 315)
One 4-credit course in African history, selected from Precolonial Africa (HIST 325), Colonial and Postcolonial Africa (HIST 326), or a special topics course in African history
One 4-credit course in contemporary African issues, such as the following: Africa Today: Issues and Concerns (INTL 345), Development and Social Change in Sub-Saharan Africa (INTL 445), Political Ecology (ENVS 450), Sociology of Developing Areas (SOC 450), Advanced Geography of Non-European American Regions: Africa—Politics, Development, and Environment (GEOG 475), and others as offered
One 4-credit course in African culture, ethnicity, and identity, such as the following: Culture et langage: identités francophones(FR 303), Exploring Other Cultures: African Masks and Meanings (ANTH 310), Anthropological Perspectives on Africa (ANTH 327), African Languages: Identity, Ethnicity, History (LING 331), African Folklore (FLR 416), Comparative Tribalisms (INTL 447), 20th-Century Literature: Postcolonial Africa (FR 490), and others as offered
Electives (12 credits). Must be approved by a faculty advisor; 8 credits must be at the 400 level. Recommended courses include any of the courses listed above, or the following (though additional courses may be approved by your advisor): Dance and Folk Culture: Africa and the Diaspora (DAN 301), Diseases of Africa (BI 309), Social Issues and Movements (SOC 313), Music in World Cultures (MUS 358), Francophone Literature and Culture (FR 361), African Regional Histories (HIST 419), International Community Development (INTL 420), Introduction to Ethnomusicology (MUS 451), Musical Instruments of the World (MUS 452), Third World Development Communication (J 455), Repertory Dance Company: Rehearsal: Dance Africa (DAN 481), 20th-Century Literature: The Absurd and the Fantastic (FR 490), Seminar: Political Ecology (ENVS 607).
Advanced Research Requirement. One 400-level course that requires a research paper and has at least 50 percent Africa content. The paper must be approved by a faculty advisor and may be completed in a course that counts for one of the requirements listed above. For students who have completed an internship in Africa, the paper may be based on primary source data gathered during that experience. For others, the research paper should include an original argument or line of interpretation based on secondary sources.
Experiencing Africa. Choose one of the following options:
15 credits of college-level study of an African language. Possibilities include Arabic, Swahili, Wolof, or one year of another approved language. Although English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish are the first languages of many African citizens, they may not be used to satisfy this requirement.
One term of study in Africa or a one-term internship in Africa. For study abroad, courses will be evaluated for UO credit on a case-by-case basis through the standard Office of International Affairs procedures for assigning credit and course equivalency. Students consult with the faculty member who is sponsoring their study abroad experience to prepare an agreement that must include the following: (a) a list of readings relevant to the experience, which are to be completed prior to and during the experience; (b) a reflective journal on the student’s activities and cross-cultural experiences; and (c) a final paper integrating preparatory readings with the experience (approximately 4,500 words, plus references). An African studies minor advisor must approve the credits earned in study abroad or internship programs.
Restrictions: No more than 8 credits toward the minor may be from 100-level courses or courses with less than 50 percent Africa content, and no more than 4 credits may be from music or dance performance courses. Students must consult with an African studies advisor to confirm that curricular overlap between the student’s major and the African studies minor maintains the principle of academic breadth.
Deviations from the requirements listed above must be approved by an African studies advisor.
Arranging a graduate degree program with a concentration in African studies is possible in a number of departments and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Music and Dance. Anthropology, biology, dance, environmental studies, French (in the Romance languages department), folklore, geography, history, international studies, linguistics, political science, and sociology have faculty members with expertise and strong interest in this area.
Students should consult with the affiliated faculty members regarding such arrangements.
African Studies Courses (AFR)
196 Field Studies: [Topic] (1–5R)
198 Workshop: [Topic] (1–5R)
199 Special Studies: [Topic] (1–5R)
399 Special Studies: [Topic] (1–5R)
401 Research: [Topic] (1–12R)
403 Thesis: [Topic] (1–12R)
404 Internship: [Topic] (1–12R)
405 Reading and Conference: [Topic] (1–12R)
406 Field Studies: [Topic] (1–12R)
407/507 Seminar: [Topic] (1–5R)
408/508 Workshop: [Topic] (1–12R)
409 Supervised Tutoring (1–4R)
410/510 Experimental Course: [Topic] (1–5R)