Adjunct Major and Minor in African Studies

Adjunct major

Students are given a cross-cultural understanding through innovative scholarship across departments and schools. They receive a sustained engagement with African past, present and future.

The adjunct major is structured to serve two broad aims:

  1. Students are exposed to the geographical and disciplinary breadth of African Studies. To that end, all students are required to take a minimum number of 200-level core courses in African history, anthropology, literature, and/or politics, and seven elective courses distributed among an array of disciplines.
  2. Students are required to engage in an in-depth research practicum experience, the product of which they will develop in a capstone senior research seminar.

The adjunct major is designed to complement students' other programs of study and is open to all Northwestern University undergraduate students.

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The minor in African Studies is for students interested in the study of African societies, cultures, histories, religions, and arts across disciplines and professions.

Undergraduates in any of Northwestern's academic departments and professional schools can minor in African Studies by merging a core of Africa content courses with their major programs of study.

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View the 2014 Winter Courses (pdf) relating to African Studies that may be counted toward the adjunct major or minor in African Studies.