Program in African Studies
Daniel I. Rubenstein
V. Kofi Agawu, Music
Kwame Anthony Appiah, Philosophy, University Center for Human Values
Wendy L. Belcher, Comparative Literature, African American Studies
André Benhaïm, French and Italian
Mariana P. Candido, History
Anne C. Case, Woodrow Wilson School, Economics
Andrew P. Dobson, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Simon E. Gikandi, English
Emmanuel H. Kreike, History
Evan S. Lieberman, Politics
Chika O. Okeke-Agulu, Art and Archaeology, African American Studies
Tullis C. Onstott, Geosciences
S. George H. Philander, Geosciences
Carolyn M. Rouse, Anthropology, African American Studies
Daniel I. Rubenstein, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Winston O. Soboyejo, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Jennifer A. Widner, Woodrow Wilson School, Politics
Sits with Committee
Nancy Pressman-Levy, Library
Jeanne Altmann, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
The Program in African Studies is a multidisciplinary forum that brings together students and faculty to learn about Africa--its peoples, environments, and resources--by exploring cultural, historical, political, scientific, and technological issues. These are brought together in an introductory course and reinforced in the senior colloquium where students share their works in progress. In between these "bookends," the program sponsors and endorses a variety of courses, seminars, and field study programs enabling students majoring in any department to design a course of study that satisfies their interests in Africa.
Students seeking admission to the program should contact the program manager.
To obtain the certificate of proficiency, students must complete the normal requirements in their major department as well as the following requirements of the program:
1. Introduction to African Studies (AFS 200);
2. Four courses from an approved list (see below);
3. The Senior Colloquium where students discuss work-in-progress;
4. A senior thesis on Africa or an African-related topic.
Students are exempt from the AFS 200 requirement if they have taken courses at the University of Cape Town. No more than two courses in Swahili will count toward the four-course requirement.
The Program in African Studies strongly encourages concentrators to study in Africa. Princeton has its own "Semester in Kenya" where Princeton faculty and Kenyan scholars teach a sequence of four courses that each lasts a week. A summer program of intensive Swahili instruction in Tanzania at the University of Dar es Salaam taught by Princeton and African instructors was initiated in the summer of 2007. Princeton also has a linkage with the University of Cape Town to enable undergraduates to study in South Africa for a semester or a year. Students are also welcome to study at other African universities, such as Rhodes University in South Africa, which offers an approved summer course.
Students who have met the requirements of the program and their department will receive a certificate of proficiency in African studies upon graduation.
Courses in African Studies. A list of courses in African studies offered by other departments and programs may be found on the program website. If other courses on Africa are offered, these may be added with the permission of the director.
The Program in African Studies sponsors seminars throughout the year that bring to the University distinguished scholars, government officials, and other experts with diverse points of view and interests in Africa. The program also sponsors an "Indaba" where members of the University gather for informal discussion of African issues over breakfast once a week during term. Students in the program are invited to participate in both these meetings.
Program in Swahili. The Program in African Studies offers a four-term sequence of language instruction in Swahili. Completion of all four terms of the sequence will satisfy the University language requirement. Occasionally, more advanced courses also will be offered. Note: Normally students electing a beginner's course in any language will receive credit only if two terms are completed.
The program emphasizes the skills of speaking, reading, and writing Swahili as well as the cultural context of the East African nations where Swahili is spoken. The program encourages students to consider study abroad during the school year or the summer to complement their language study. Princeton offers intensive intermediate Swahili instruction during the summer at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. For more information, contact the Program in African Studies.
Princeton in Africa. Students interested in working in Africa after graduation can apply to the Princeton in Africa (PiAF) program for fellowships. Princeton in Africa seeks to develop young leaders committed to Africa's enhancement. To accomplish this, PiAF offers opportunities for service through fellowships with a variety of organizations that work across the African continent.
AFS 200 Introduction to African Studies Spring SA
An exploration of the past, present, and future of Africa in a multidisciplinary setting. A dozen Africanist faculty members collaborate in an effort to shed light on both the huge potential of Africa and its peoples and the enormous challenges the continent faces. Topics vary from politics, economics, conservation, biodiversity, climate change, the environment, health and disease, and written and oral literature, to the impact of the world on Africa as well as Africa's contributions to and place in worlds present and past. Two lectures, one preceptorial. Staff
AFS 258 Music of Africa (see MUS 258)
AFS 303 Social Structure in Africa: Responses to Socio-Political and Economic Forces Since Independence Spring SA
The seminar addresses the structural consequences and responses that African nations and communities developed upon their insertion into global political and economic practice and discourse. Africa's character prior to modern nationhood forms the backdrop to discussions of the development and utilization of social, political, and economic strategies for continued participation in global political and economic intercourse. Themes include: traditional religious practice and the church; global economic interactions; African interstate relations; governance, regime change, and elections; wars and displacement; and women in society. C. Agawu
AFS 374 African Development and Globalization Spring SA
Africa today represents less than 2 percent of the world's GDP. The legacy of colonial rule has undoubtedly contributed to a slowdown in the international competitiveness of Africa. However, there are internal factors as well. Today, many countries are progressively shifting from a US-EU-Africa paradigm, to one that includes a larger proportion of alternative investors from the Middle-East, India, and China. This seminar will focus on the effect of the legacy of complex political intricacies and the ways in which Africa engages the world; and how African countries face and anticipate the challenges of globalization. One three-hour seminar. M. Sagna
AFS 400 Topics in African Studies Not offered this year
Designed to allow juniors and seniors enrolled in the program to examine significant problems in Africa in an interdisciplinary manner. Topics vary from year to year, reflecting faculty research interests. Prerequisite: one core course and one cognate course, or instructor's permission. Required of all program concentrators; open to others by permission of program director and course instructor. Staff
AFS 427 Conflict in Africa Fall
Examines selected aspects on conflict in Africa. The concept "conflict" is used to mean organized and/or collective political violence that causes the death of about 1,000 people per year. The course will focus on the following issues: analytical debates about conflicts in Africa; actors/participants such as guerrillas, warlords, and child soldiers; continental politics about conflict; the politics of humanitarian intervention; wars in the Great Lakes Region; the war and warlords of West Africa; the genocide in Rwanda, and the aftermath of wars, especially those of Southern Africa. One three-hour seminar. A. Seegers
SWA 101 Elementary Swahili I Fall
An introduction to Kiswahili language and culture. Focuses on the development of the communication skills students need to interact with Swahili speakers. Instruction emphasizes cultural themes and experiential activities that enhance the four components of speaking, writing, listening, and reading. Students will also gain some insight into the cultures of East Africa. Four classes. M. Mwita
SWA 102 Elementary Swahili II Spring
Continuation of SWA 101. Emphasis is on increasing proficiency in reading and listening comprehension, speaking, and writing. Cultural contexts of the East African societies where Swahili is spoken are incorporated in classroom activities in order to enhance communication and cultural proficiency. Prerequisite: SWA 101. Four classes. M. Mwita
SWA 105 Intermediate Swahili I Fall
This second-year Swahili course focuses on enhancing the communicative skills acquired in the first year. Instruction emphasizes reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The course infuses cultural and sociopolitical aspects of life in East Africa with more complex grammatical concepts such as the subjunctive, grammar infixes, and relative clauses. Prerequisites: SWA 101 and 102, or instructor's permission. Four classes. M. Mwita
SWA 105T Intermediate Swahili I in Tanzania
This intensive four-week course offered at the University of Dar es Salaam will cover similar content as the regular 105 offered at Princeton in the fall semester. Content will continue from 101 and 102, focusing on enhancing the communicative skills acquired in the previous semesters, through reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities on cultural content that review and consolidate already acquired language skills. Special emphasis will be placed on East African content and classroom/out-of-class activities/exercises will require frequent day-to-day interaction with native speakers of Kiswahili. M. Mwita, A. Mutembei
SWA 107 Intermediate Swahili II Spring
Emphasizes conversational fluency and increased facility in reading and writing skills while introducing students to Swahili literature. This literature forms the basis for a survey of cultural issues and more advanced grammar. Students will be able to understand and analyze the main ideas and significant details of materials in Swahili such as media articles, short stories, poetry, short novels, films, and plays. Covers advanced-level Swahili grammar, as well as the development of expository writing skills. Prerequisite: SWA 105, or instructor's permission. Four classes. M. Mwita
SWA 107T Intermediate Swahili II in Tanzania
This is a continuation of the 105T (Intermediate Swahili I) intensive summer course offered at the University of Dar es Salaam. It will cover similar content as the regular 107 offered at Princeton in the spring semester. Communicative skills acquired in the previous semesters will be enhanced through reading, writing, speaking, and listening activities on cultural content that review and consolidate already acquired language skills. Special emphasis will be placed on East African content and classroom/out-of-class activities/exercises will require frequent day-to-day interaction with native speakers of Kiswahili. M. Mwita, A. Mutembei