African Studies Minor

This minor in African studies provides students with the opportunity to engage with the study of Africa from a range of disciplines, acquire in-depth knowledge of African societies and cultures, and become conversant with the major social concerns, intellectual debates, and artistic expressions relevant to the continent.

The minor is expected to appeal in particular to students who wish to pursue careers on the continent in public service, non-profit work, or business, and to those who wish to undertake graduate study related to Africa. NYUAD also has regular and dynamic programming when it comes to events on campus. Students are invited to attend research seminars, music concerts, film screenings, and community dinners as a way to engage their interest in the continent outside of the classroom. 

Professors Pedro Monaville (pictured) and Andrew Eisenberg and their students engaging in hands-on learning of Swahili music at the Dhow Countries Music Academy in Zanzibar, Fall 2016.

In addition to electives at NYUAD, minors may satisfy the elective requirements by taking another course in the NYU global network that contains significant material on Africa and in which their final project (if required) includes Africa as a major area or subject of focus. The mastery of African languages (including Arabic, French, and Portuguese) directly contributes to the minor’s learning objectives.

Minors may meet one elective requirement through a language course. In the case of relevant languages offered at NYUAD (i.e., Arabic and French), only courses that correspond to at least the Intermediate 2 level may count towards the minor. For African languages only offered at other sites of the NYU Global Network, any 4 credits of language study may count.