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Africa Concentration

This is one of the world’s most dynamic and diverse regions. The African continent boasts some of the world’s fastest growing economies, vast natural resources, and incredible human and biological diversity. The African continent is more than three times the size of the United States and has 54 countries within it and thousands of ethnic groups. Despite economic growth, African countries continue to experience problems such as poverty, political instability, inadequate heath care, and limited access to education. Since these are issues of global concern, gaining knowledge and awareness of them enables you to work more effectively in professional contexts involving business, social justice issues, development, and more.

The International Studies (IS) major requires participation in an approved study abroad program or an approved international engagement activity. Please indicate your plan to meet that requirement by completing the Study Abroad Indication of Intent Form.

15 credit hours, at least 12 at the 200 level or higher.

NOTE: For the African Concentration, it is expected that students will need to take courses through Metroversity and/or study abroad programs in order to meet the requirements of this concentration.


Group A: (choose one course)

  • FREN-F 415 - La Culture francophone
  • FINA-A 150 - African, New World, Oceanic Art

Subject to Approval:

*FREN-F 305 - Chefs d’oeuvre de la littérature française I

*This course may cover material from different regions depending on the instructor. Please check with the instructor to ensure that the course’s content relates your International Studies regional concentration.


Group B: (choose one course)

  • HIST-E 100 - Issues in African History
  • REL-R 257 - Introduction to Islam

Group C: (choose one course)

  • GEOG-G 425 - Africa: Contemporary Geographic Problems

Group D:

Two additional courses from Africa Groups A, B, or C.