African Studies


Adventures in Africa.

The African Studies minor at Butler offers you the opportunity to enrich your 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 you 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 you hands-on career experience.

Program Information


Sample courses include:

  • AN 304 – Medical Anthropology 
  • AN 315 – Gender and Colonialism 
  • AN 380 – Selected Topics in Anthropology 
  • FR 318 – Intro to Francophone Cultures 

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The Butler Advantage

Enrich your program by studying one of the world’s most interesting, largest, and most diverse regions.

Study abroad in Africa and earn credit toward the minor.

Learn about Africa in Core Courses such as FYS 101-2 Global Perspectives on Health, GHS 206 Resistance and Reaction: Colonialism and Postcolonialism in Africa and GHS 208 Revolutionary Europe and Colonial Nigeria, and SW 215 Being Human.

Study a foreign language widely spoken in Africa such as French or Arabic.

Complete an Africa-related internship with the Tutu Center or another organization in Indianapolis, Washington, DC, or in Africa.

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Ageeth Sluis
Professor – History
Department of History, Anthropology and Classics
I am a professor of Latin American History in the department of History and Anthropology, and affiliate faculty in Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (RGSS) and International Studies (IS). I am also currently the Director of Global and Historical…
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Nancy Germano
Instructor – History
Department of History, Anthropology and Classics
I teach courses in the Global and Historical Studies Program and courses in world history, environmental history, and cultural geography.  My research interests focus on U.S. urban environmental history (particularly in the Midwest), river flooding…
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Charlene Fletcher
Assistant Professor – History
Department of History, Anthropology and Classics
Dr. Fletcher is a historian of race, gender, and confinement in the American South. She holds a Ph.D. in History from Indiana University. Before attending IU, Charlene led a domestic violence/sexual assault program and a significant reentry initiative…
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