African Studies Minor

College of Letters and Science

Interdepartmental Program

About the Minor

The African Studies Minor is primarily designed for students who plan to live and work in Africa or who are interested in government and public service careers involving African Affairs and/or students who plan to pursue graduate work in the field of African Studies. The philosophy of the Minor is that people with a solid background in one of the established disciplines can make the best contribution to an understanding of Africa and its problems.

This is an interdepartmental degree offered through the UCLA International Institute, a division of the College, and one of the world’s preeminent centers of international education. Interdepartmental degrees offered through the International Institute allow students to focus on a particular area of study – either a specific geographical area, or a global comparative and issue-oriented approach – through a variety of disciplines. The flexibility and individualized nature of these interdisciplinary programs enables our students to design a course of study that meets their specific interests. The Minor is available to students working towards a Bachelor’s Degree, normally in one of the following fields: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Linguistics, Political Science, or Sociology. Students completing this program will receive a B.A. degree combining a major in a selected discipline with a Minor in African Studies.


International and Area Studies IDP in the General Catalog
International and Area Studies IDP website

Contact Information

International and Area Studies IDP
10373 Bunche Hall
Box 951487

Choosing Your Course of Study at UCLA

Making the Right Decision

One of the most important decisions you will make in college is your choice of major — the field of study that represents your principal interest and that will likely contribute to your career goals. Some students select their major at the time they fill out the University’s application for admission, although a far greater number are undecided about their major.

Students in the College of Letters and Science do not need to declare their major in their freshman year. In fact, you can be an “undeclared major” until the end of your sophomore year, which is particularly advantageous if you are not certain of your specific academic goals. It is wise to wait and explore the diversity of subject areas offered at UCLA through taking introductory courses in a variety of disciplines. It would not be unusual for you to become enthusiastic about disciplines previously unfamiliar to you. With careful planning, these courses may also apply toward fulfilling your university and college requirements.

To narrow your choice of study, carefully consider the general college requirements, the description of courses offered in the major, and the departmental requirements for completing the program of study. Look at the books required for each course. Sit in on a few classes and talk with professors during their office hours. Discuss interests and plans with a departmental counselor or faculty adviser, a college counselor, or advisers in the UCLA Career Center.

Certain majors, especially in the arts, engineering, the sciences, and theater, film, or television require early declaration. Some have enrollment quotas and allow application by new majors only during a specified term. Students should check with the departmental adviser for the majors that interest them.

In addition, UCLA undergraduate students are limited to between 208 and 216 quarter units, depending on the college or school, to complete the academic program and fulfill all degree requirements. So, if you wait to declare a major, you should not wait too long. In any case, you must declare your major by the beginning of your junior year (90 quarter units).

When you are ready to declare your major, you should obtain a Petition for Change of Major from your college or school office.