Undergraduate Studies

Niger Study Abroad

Study Abroad: Enjoying a view of the flooded Niger River

Boston University provides an excellent opportunity to develop or further your interests in the study of Africa. Students can reflect their area studies strengths through two minors managed by the African Studies Center or a major in Linguistics and African Languages administered by the Department of Linguistics. To see all that the ASC has to offer for undergraduates—and for reasons to pursue African studies—check out our comprehensive guide here.

Requirements for a Minor in African Studies

The undergraduate minor in African Studies is designed to expose students to disciplinary approaches to Africa outside their major.

Requirements for a Minor in African Languages & Literature

The African languages and literatures minor combines language and culture study with the study of written literature and oral traditions in the African context. In-depth knowledge of an African language of the student’s choosing is applied in courses in cultural and linguistic anthropology, sociology of language, history, language in government and education, literature, international relations, ethnomusicology, and folklore and oral traditions. This minor is made up of required and elective courses from the African Studies Center, as well as elective courses from other College of Arts & Sciences departments.

Requirements for a Major in Linguistics and African Languages

The new major in Linguistics and African Languages provides a solid foundation in linguistics as well as the opportunity for in-depth study of one or more African languages, along with aspects of the history and culture of the speakers. Students will be prepared to pursue graduate degrees in a variety of research and professional fields, as well as to develop careers in government and non-government organizations where interdisciplinary training in linguistic theory and practice as well as language and cultural competencies are increasingly in demand. The program is administered by the Department of Linguistics.


For further information

For further information about these minors, contact Eric Schmidt or Michael Diblasi, African Studies Center, 232 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215; 617-353-3674. For further information about the major in Linguistics and African Languages, contact the Department of Linguistics.