African Studies Courses

Graduate and Undergraduate Advising

Students are faced each semester with a long list of choices when it comes to African studies courses at Boston University, and balancing personal interests with academic progress may be difficult. The African Studies Center advisor can help you to sort through competing ideas about what might be best for you and your career and to make a decision. The advisor can also provide some basic insights about the way the African Studies Center works in regards to academic planning. For example, students considering taking an African language course for the first time may be confused by the designation “ARR” or “Arranged” in the course catalog. By making courses “arranged” at the beginning of each semester it maximizes the flexibility of scheduling so students from outside the College of Arts & Sciences, and sometimes from other campuses, are able to make arrangements with the instructor.

Featured Course: AN 532 Islamic Africa


FALL 2014

AN 532 Islamic Africa

MWF 3:00-4:00 PM.

If you are an African Studies, African American Studies, Education, History, Anthropology, Religious Studies, International Relations, Linguistics, or Muslim Studies major or minor, or if you are interested in Islam in Africa or want to have an eye-opening experience, this course is for you! You will learn things you will not learn anywhere else!! We will examine Islam in Africa, the education systems, the beliefs, cultures, local poetry and prose traditions, the blending of the Islamic and African knowledge systems in recited and chanted African texts called Ajami. Written Arabic and Ajami materials by enslaved Africans in the Americas will also be discussed. Listen to this interview to have a taste of the class! http://www.pri.org/stories/2010-09-17/africas-ajami-writing-system

Prior knowledge of Arabic or African language is NOT required.

If you have any question, send an email to: fngom@bu.edu

More about Prof. Fallou Ngom here http://www.bu.edu/bostonia/summer09/ajami/

Fall 2014 Course Directory

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