Five College African Studies Program

Many courses in addition to those listed below may be eligible for fulfilling the requirements of the Five College African Studies Certificate. Students are encouraged to consult an African Studies Program campus advisor to identify courses that are appropriate for their interests.

Course information will be updated throughout the pre-registration period.

Fall 2014 African Studies Courses

Subj Abbrsort descending Course # Sect # Course Title Instructor(s) Meeting Times Institution
AFCNA 341PE 01 Political Economy in Africa M 07:00PM-09:50PM Mount Holyoke College
ANT 348 01 SEM: TOPICS DEVELOPMENT ANTH Elliot Fratkin T 01:00-02:50 Smith College
ARHA 138 01 Arts/Orature in Africa Rowland Abiodun MW 12:30PM-01:50PM Amherst College
ARHA 270 01 African Art & Diaspora Rowland Abiodun MW 08:30AM-09:50AM Amherst College
ARTH 290TF 01 Textiles and Fashion in Africa Amanda Gilvin TTH 11:30AM-12:45PM Mount Holyoke College
BLST 214 01 Master Musicians of Afr Olabode Omojola TTH 11:30AM-12:50PM Amherst College
BLST 293 01 African Art & Diaspora Rowland Abiodun MW 08:30AM-09:50AM Amherst College
BLST 313 01 Arts/Orature in Africa Rowland Abiodun MW 12:30PM-01:50PM Amherst College
CLT 205 01 TWENTIETH CENT LIT OF AFRICA Katwiwa Mule TTh 10:30-11:50 Smith College
CSI 0165 1 Gender, Econ/Devel Lynda Pickbourn 12:30PM-01:50PM T,TH Hampshire College
CSI 0179 1 Sun, Sand, Sex Rachel Engmann 02:00PM-03:20PM T,TH Hampshire College
CSI 0185 1 Slavery & Abolition/Americas Christopher Tinson 10:30AM-11:50AM T,TH Hampshire College
CSI 0243 1 People Without History Rachel Engmann 09:00AM-11:50AM TH Hampshire College
ECON 367 01 Post Independence African Deve Mwangi Wa Githinji TU TH 10:00AM 11:15AM UMass Amherst
FRN 230 01 COLLOQUIUM IN FRENCH STUDIES Mehammed Mack TTh 10:30-11:50 Smith College
FRN 230 02 COLLOQUIUM IN FRENCH STUDIES Dawn Fulton MWF 11:00-12:10 Smith College
FRN 252 01 FRENCH CINEMA Dawn Fulton MW 01:10-02:30; M 07:30-09:30 Smith College
FYSEM 110FF 01 Small-Scale Agriculture Holly Hanson MW 08:35AM-09:50AM Mount Holyoke College
FYSEM 110WE 01 How Wars End Holly Hanson TTH 11:30AM-12:45PM Mount Holyoke College
GOV 225 01 COLQ: ETHNIC PLTCS/COMP PERSPC Kim Dionne TTh 10:30-11:50 Smith College


Summer 2014 Courses

Online Course: "African Film" FRENCHST-353

mensah-africanfilm-summer2014via UMass Amherst

Taught by Patrick Mensah

Summer Session 2: July 7th to August 15th

Enrollments open from now through July 11th, 2014

African Film explores the history and development of African film as a visual art, and studies, as well, a selection of the political and social themes that have preoccupied its practitioners since its inception.  Africa has been the object of filmic exploration and scrutiny since the development of film technology, even though, until the early sixties, such filming of Africa was almost exclusively practiced by Westerners for purposes that were more or less allied to the promotion of colonial objectives, or the production of “exotic” and negative images and stereotypes for entertainment. 

Learn more at the course website.

Download a copy of the flyer.


The Five College Center for the Study of World Languages supports instruction and supervised independent study in: 

  • Swahili (taught by Agnes Kimokoti
  • Twi (from Ghana)
  • Woloff (from Senegal)
  • Yoruba (from Nigeria)
  • Hausa (from Nigeria)
  • Zulu (from South Africa). 

You can find an independent study application form and instructions on their web site at

To schedule the required registration information session appointment for language classes or for more information contact: or call 413-542-5264.

For any help on using the online course guide, please see here.

Guide to USING THE ONLINE course list:

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  • To sort by home institution, select "Institution"
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Please direct any feedback regarding this course list to Sarah Lince, the Five College Academic Programs Coordinator.