This information is part of the Colgate University catalog, 2020–21.
Africa, the second largest continent, contains a remarkable number of peoples and cultures. The continent possesses over fifty political units, and its 450 million people speak an estimated 600–800 distinct languages. The diversity of its cultures, modes of agriculture, and industrial production represent a broad spectrum of the human experience. Themes and topics of this concentration include the complexity of traditional African cultures, philosophies, and political institutions; the impact of the trans-Atlantic slave trade; the introduction of European colonialism; African nationalism and liberation movements; and the ethnic, economic, political, and international relations of the modern African state. Majors and minors have the opportunity to participate in the National Model African Union simulation, sponsored by Howard University in Washington, D.C., through enrollment in the half-credit course, ALST 290.
The requirements for the ALST major with an African studies Emphasis are as follows:
- ALST 201/CORE 189C - Africa (serves as ALST introduction to African studies)
- ALST 220 - The Black Diaspora: Africans at Home and Abroad
- ALST 360 - ALST Interdisciplinary Research Design
Four African Studies Electives
Should be chosen in consultation with the coordinator. Of the four electives, at least two courses must be at the 300 level or higher.
200- or 300-Level Elective
One additional 200- or 300-level elective or CORE Communities and Identities (CI) course must be selected from any area of the program outside of the student's primary concentration.
Senior Capstone Seminar
UNST 410 - Seminar: Area, Regional, and Global Study is the senior capstone seminar and is required for all majors. In the event that UNST 410 is not offered, students may substitute another seminar in consultation with the coordinator and the program director.
Honors and High Honors
Students interested in pursuing honors can find the additional requirements on the Africana and Latin American Studies program page.
Africana & Latin American Studies Program
For more information about the program, including Faculty, transfer credit, awards, etc., please visit the Africana and Latin American Studies program page.