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 Abbr Course # Sect # Course Title Instructor(s) Meeting Times Institution
FRN 252 01 FRENCH CINEMA Dawn Fulton MW 01:10-02:30; M 07:30-09:30 Smith College
GOV 225 01 COLQ: ETHNIC PLTCS/COMP PERSPC Kim Dionne TTh 10:30-11:50 Smith College
HST 234 01 COLQ: GLOBAL AFRICA Jeffrey Ahlman MW 02:40-04:00 Smith College
HST 257 01 EARLY AFRICAN HISTORY TO 1800 Jeffrey Ahlman TTh 03:00-04:20 Smith College
ECON 367 01 Post Independence African Deve Mwangi Wa Githinji TU TH 10:00AM 11:15AM UMass Amherst
HISTORY 161 01 Hst-Africa Snc 1500 Joye Bowman TU TH 10:00AM 10:50AM UMass Amherst
HISTORY 161 01AA Hst-Africa Snc 1500 F 9:05AM 9:55AM UMass Amherst
HISTORY 161 01AB Hst-Africa Snc 1500 F 10:10AM 11:00AM UMass Amherst
HISTORY 161 01AC Hst-Africa Snc 1500 F 12:20PM 1:10PM UMass Amherst
HISTORY 260 01 Power&Violence in South Africa John Higginson M W 10:10AM 11:00AM UMass Amherst
HISTORY 260 01AA Power&Violence in South Africa F 9:05AM 9:55AM UMass Amherst
HISTORY 260 01AB Power&Violence in South Africa F 10:10AM 11:00AM UMass Amherst
HISTORY 260 01AC Power&Violence in South Africa F 12:20PM 1:10PM UMass Amherst
POLISCI 343 01 Gov&Pol East Africa Carlene Edie TU TH 2:30PM 3:45PM UMass Amherst


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:

  • To sort by course subject abbreviation, select "Subj Abbr" to sort abbreviations alphabetically.
  • To sort by course number, select "Course #"
  • To sort by section number, select "Sect #"
  • To sort by course title, select "Course Title"
  • To sort by home institution, select "Institution"
  • Click on the course title to see the course description.

Please direct any feedback regarding this course list to Sarah Lince, the Five College Academic Programs Coordinator.