Learning Goals

Student Learning Goals 

Student learning goals are multiple, but in the main, students completing the African Studies Certificate/Minor program are expected to achieve the following by the time of graduation: 

  1. Exposure to and ability to articulate key theories and paradigms and utilize methodologies employed in political science, anthropology, history, with secondary competence in issues of economics/development and specialized courses on regional, country or thematic issues – literature, etc.  
  2. Ability to identify major issues pertinent to political and social life on the African continent.
  3. Demonstrated capacity to write effectively and persuasively, as stressed throughout the African Studies and University curriculum, but specifically evaluated through both senior capstone or thesis course requirements.
  4. Language facility, defined as Proficiency in Arabic, French, Portuguese, or Swahili. Alternatively, students may also fulfill the language requirement by completing at least beginner’s level in any language and one year of study of an indigenous African language.