The BA in global affairs concentration in Africa challenges students to understand the historic, economic, social, and political issues confronting all of Africa. Course options include African diaspora experiences. Students interested in art history, French, and government should consider this concentration.
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Students must fulfill all requirements for bachelor's degrees, including Mason Core requirements. Students pursuing a BA in global affairs must complete additional college requirements for the BA degree in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Students pursuing this degree must complete 36-39 credits within the major, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00. Students completing the Smithsonian-Mason semester program will have a total of 40-43 credits. Students must have a minimum grade of 2.00 in each of the core courses and a minimum grade of 1.67 in each of the courses used to fulfill the concentration and the language requirement for global affairs majors. Students who major in global affairs may not also earn the minor in global systems or receive credit for ECON 390.
CULT 320 - Globalization and Culture Credits: 3
ECON 385 - International Economic Policy Credits: 3
To fulfill this requirement, students can continue the study of one language beyond the intermediate proficiency level (required for all BA degrees in the college) or choose to study other languages. After a student has demonstrated intermediate proficiency in one language, the remainder of the requirement may be fulfilled by taking any courses taught in a foreign language, at any level. Students are required to complete:
Courses applied to a global affairs concentration must come from at least two different departments. Concentration courses must be unique to the concentration: they cannot be simultaneously used to fulfill any Mason Core or college requirement for the bachelor's degree. They cannot be applied to any other major, minor, concentration, or certificate.
In addition to the courses listed below, other relevant courses, including special topics courses, study abroad, and internships (maximum 3 credits), may be applied to a concentration with prior written approval from the director.
This concentration focuses on the societies of Africa, their history, culture, economics, and politics, including the pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial experiences. Course options include African diaspora experiences. Students interested in art history, French, economics, government, and history should consider this concentration.
Choose 12 credits from the following:
ARTH 380 - African Art (Topic Varies) Credits: 3
ECON 362 - African Economic Development Credits: 3
HIST 261 - Survey of African History Credits: 3
HIST 262 - Survey of African History Credits: 3
HIST 360 - History of South Africa Credits: 3
or other course approved by the program director
The university requires all students to complete at least one course designated "writing intensive" in their majors at the 300 level or above. Students majoring in global affairs may fulfill this requirement by successfully completing EVPP 337.
Any remaining credits may be completed with elective courses to bring the degree total to 120.