The African studies minor consists of 18 credits. A minimum of 12 credits must be earned at the upper (300- or 400-) level. No more than six credits can be earned within the same discipline.

Note: Language Placement Test results cannot substitute for completion of course work.

Course Title Hours
Select a minimum of three credits of geographically pertinent foreign language course work at the advanced level (300 or above) 13
Select 15 credits from the following:15
Topics in Anthropology 2
ARTH 350/AFAM 413
French Contemporary Culture 2
Survey of African History
Survey of African History
Introduction to African Societies
Women of Africa
Francophone Literatures and Cultures
Topics in International Studies 2
Government and Politics of Africa
Politics of Southern Africa
Cultural Texts and Contexts: ____ 2
Human Rights and Literature 2
Topics in World Languages and Cultures 2
Topics in World Languages and Cultures 2
Total Hours18

If this level of instruction is not available in a chosen language at the university, the School of World Studies Advising Office will assist students in identifying appropriate language study options at other U.S. institutions or abroad. Geographically pertinent foreign languages not taught at VCU will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


When appropriate: Always check first with the SWS Advising Office before enrolling in these courses.

Courses taken through an accredited study abroad program in an appropriate location (must be preapproved through the SWS Advising Office)