Coordinator: Professor Garth Myers (Urban Studies and International Studies)

The African studies major introduces students to the second-largest continent on the planet, which comprises over 50 independent nations and houses just short of a billion people. Culturally and ethnically diverse, Africa nonetheless is united by several social processes, including colonialism, transnationalism, and globalization. We tend to these formative social processes through an array of courses across disciplines (from history to literature, from art to politics).


In addition to the language and study-away requirements for all majors (see the introduction to international studies), the African studies major consists of 10 credits, distributed as follows:

  • Global core course (one credit): See the global studies concentration.
  • Area courses (five credits): These may be chosen from among the offerings of any department or program,as approved by the concentration coordinator, and must include at least one course at the 300 level taken at Trinity. Normally, eligible courses will mention the area or part of the area in their title.
  • Electives (three credits): Electives may consist of area courses from any of the area studies majors, additional global core courses, or language courses in excess of the four-semester requirement.
  • INTS 401. Senior Seminar in International Studies (one credit)