Exploring Africa in Chicago course is designed to
provide first year students with a brief overview of the
African continent, and an opportunity to understand the
rich and varied diversity of Africa and its peoples.
Using Chicago as a lab, students will use standard
research methods, library databases, websites, readings,
speakers, films, and field experiences to discuss the
rich heritage of African culture, music and arts, the
continent's geography, pre-colonial and colonial
history, oral and written history, its languages and
ethnicity, the family systems, and political, economic,
and democratic systems.
Students will be encouraged to get out of the classroom
and into various communities and institutions in the
Chicagoland area, seek out individuals of African
descent in academia, healthcare, business, industry and
other professions, and use standard interview techniques
to critically examine their contributions to the city of
Chicago, to the United States, and to the world.