Africa, the second largest continent, combines 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 .
A student must complete major declaration procedures with the appropriate coordinator no later than the second term of the sophomore year, unless an exception is approved by the program director.
For more information about the program, honors/high honors, transfer credit, etc., visit the Africana and Latin American studies program page.