African Studies Minor


Robin Turner, PhD, Program Coordinator

The minor in African studies at Butler University is designed for students with any major who wish to enrich their program with study of one of the most interesting areas of the world. The program is interdisciplinary, drawing upon areas of the humanities, social sciences, and occasionally the fine arts. Students are encouraged to individualize their programs with study-abroad experiences in Africa, if possible, or internships focusing on museums, performing arts organizations, communication and media agencies, or nongovernmental agencies. Note that faculty in the program may also offer special-topics courses with African content that may be substituted or added to the list of classes below.

View the African Studies Course Catalog.

Requirements for the Minor

The minor consists of 18–19 hours, with courses selected from the following (each 3 hours):

  • AN304, Medical Anthropology
  • AN315–Gender and Colonialism
  • AN380, Reproductive Technologies
  • FR318, Introduction to Francophone Culture
  • FR334, Topics in Francophone Culture
  • FR485, Topics in Francophone Studies
  • HST381, Environmental History
  • IS430, Islam and Human Rights
  • IS450, Middle East and North Africa
  • PO350, African Politics
  • PO351, Gender and Sexuality Politics in Africa
  • PO386, Black Political Thought
  • RL354, Islam: Religion, Culture, Society

Additional courses with African content or focus that may count toward the African studies minor are offered throughout the University and may include African literature, international communication, African film, or other topics.

Study abroad: Students who complete a study-abroad program in Africa may count the credit from that experience toward the minor. For details, consult with the coordinator of the African Studies program (Robin L. Turner, Jordan Hall, Room 347).

Foreign language: Students complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences requirement in foreign language, with the recommendation that the language selected be one widely spoken on the African continent (such as French).

NOTE: The information found on this website with respect to major/minor/program requirements is primarily directed at providing prospective students a general roadmap of the curriculum. Current Butler students are expected to review their degree audit report at and speak with their advisor regularly for detailed information regarding their specific degree requirements and their progress toward degree completion.