College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

African Studies


The African Studies minor at Butler offers students the opportunity to enrich their academic experience by studying one of the world’s largest and most diverse regions. This interdisciplinary minor is grounded in the social sciences and humanities, but can encompass the arts, business, communications, education, and the natural and health sciences. Study abroad opportunities give students the ability to experience the continent first-hand while earning credit toward the minor. Internship opportunities with the Peace Center for Forgiveness and Reconciliation and other organizations in Indianapolis, in Washington, DC, or in Africa offer students hands-on career experience.

Sample courses include:

  • AN304, Medical Anthropology
  • AN315, Gender and Colonialism
  • IS450, Middle East and North Africa
  • PO350, African Politics
  • RL 341 Islam, Gender, and Sexuality

Please visit the Butler University Bulletin for more course information.

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We immerse students in the oldest teachings, but also the latest learnings in culture and language, science and technology, psychology and philosophy. In all disciplines, we incorporate research, encouraging students to question everything and meticulously test new theories. Communication is emphasized, teaching students to negotiate, debate, and effectively disseminate information. 

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