African Studies


The study of a world region is intended to provide liberal arts majors with a broad, integrated overview of the influences that have shaped, and continue to shape, its internal evolution as well as the role it plays in the world. The African studies major introduces students to the cultural, economic, historical and political forces, arising inside and outside the continent, that have combined to determine the past, present and future of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree are required to complete a minimum of two years of foreign language study in a language appropriate to the chosen specialization. Coursework completed at OSU or abroad and/or appropriate placement test results can document this.

Those choosing to complete the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree must complete a minor in one of the following areas: Agribusiness, Business, City and Regional Planning, Environmental Science, Geographic Information Science, Global Public Health, Information Security, International Business, Quantitative Economics.

Brochures for the African Studies major:


For students admitted to OSU Summer 2022 and before under the Legacy GE-L Requirements.

For students who begin at OSU AU22 under the New GE-N Requirements.

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