About Taking a Minor

Choosing Multiple Programs

Students may complete any combination of three programs such as:

  • One major and two minors
  • One major, one minor, and one certificate
  • One major and two certificates
  • GU-Q students may not double major

Available Minors

The following minors are available at GU-Q:

Credits and Double Course Counting

  • Students are allowed to pursue two programs in addition to their major such as two minors, one minor and one certificate, or two certificates.
  • Students may double-count up to two School of Foreign Service-specific core requirements towards any minor, excluding the Freshman Proseminar and the introductory history requirement.
  • There can be no double counting of courses between or among programs (major and minor, minor and certificate, minor and minor, or certificate and certificate), except in cases of seven-course certificates or minors that explicitly allow for the double counting of one course between two programs. Up to two courses may double-count between a certificate and a major.
  • For transfer credit within a minor (e.g. AP, study abroad, or non-GU credit) please consult the Bulletin. In general, a student may count no more than three courses from outside Georgetown towards the minor and generally only one study abroad course.

How to Declare a Minor

To declare the minor, review the requirements, ensure that you can complete the requirements for the minor in time for graduation, then complete the Arabic Minor Declaration Form, or the Minor Declaration Form for all other minors. If you have any questions about the minor requirements and your graduation, please consult your advising dean.

Africana Studies Minor

Curricular Dean

  • Christine Schiwietz, GU-Q

Africana Studies Steering Committee

  • Rogaia Abusharaf, GU-Q
  • Akintunde Akinade, GU-Q
  • Clovis Bergère, NU-Q
  • James Hodapp, NU-Q
  • Phoebe Musandu, GU-Q
  • Zachary Wright, NU-Q

The Africana Studies Minor is an interdisciplinary, joint minor program shared with Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q). Africana Studies provides critical understanding of African identities and struggles both within the African continent and in global contexts. Although foregrounding continental perspectives, Africana studies also includes African diasporic studies, whether in an American, European, or Asian context, as a welcome reminder that debates surrounding African identity have often been argued in minority settings. Furthermore, Africana studies includes North Africa alongside the study of sub-Saharan Africa and the African diaspora, as questions of race, religion, ethnicity, and language often need re-theorizing when centered in the rich diversity of the African continent.


  • Six courses are required for the minor.
  • For NU-Q students, at least one course at GU-Q; for GU-Q students, at least one course at NU-Q.
  • One “core” course; all others can be “electives.” Core courses can also be taken as electives.
  • Students can make a case for another course or independent study in Education City or elsewhere as a qualifying course. These will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Africana Studies Steering Committee.
  • Successful completion of the minor requires that students receive a grade of C or higher in each qualifying course.
  • Please refer to the list of courses currently recognized as Africana Studies at GU-Q and NU-Q. Note that courses may not be offered every semester. It is important to consult early with your academic advisor to plan a course of study.


Core Courses

  • GU HIST 111: Africa I, African History to 1800
  • GU HIST 112: Africa II, African History after 1800
  • NU ENG 242: African Literature

Elective Courses

GU-Q Elective Courses
  • GU ANTH 284: African Americans in Films, Ethnography & Personal Narratives
  • GU ANTH 330: Indian Ocean Ethnography
  • GU ANTH 350: War and Peace in Darfur
  • GU ANTH 354: Racial Justice in the African Diaspora
  • GU ANTH 356: New Black Atlantic
  • GU ANTH 360: War Ethnography and African Conflicts
  • GU ARAB 320: Arab Film
  • GU ARAB 356: Arab Women’s Autobiography
  • GU CULP 226: Narratives of Genocide & Revolution in Post-Colonial Zanzibar
  • GU CULP 227: Intro to Indian Ocean
  • GU GOVT 2602: International Organizations
  • GU GOVT 2609: Race in International Relations
  • GU GOVT 2806: African Political Thought
  • GU INAF 297: CULP on the Horn of Africa
  • GU INAF 356: Gender Politics in African Cultures
  • GU HIST 106: Atlantic WorldGU HIST 109: Islamic World
  • GU HIST 264: History of Modern Egypt
  • GU HIST 311: Africa the Politico-Economics of Independence
  • GU HIST 317: Topics in African Women’s History
  • GU HIST 488: W.E.B. DuBois Seminar
  • GU THEO 171: Liberation Theologies in the U.S.
NU-Q Elective Courses
  • NU ENG 387: Middle East and African Graphic Novels
  • NU HIST 242: Medieval Muslim Empires
  • NU HIST 387: Islam and the Shaping of African History
  • NU MIT 398: Sport Globalization in Africa
  • NU MIT 398: African Youth Media
  • NU HIST 387: African Liberation Struggles
  • NU REL 242: Sufisim

Capstone Project

Students will be required to complete one capstone project from the available options.

Arabic Minor

The requirements for the Arabic minor at GU-Q differ from those of main campus. GU-Q students are required to complete seven courses and to demonstrate proficiency in Arabic. Students will have different trajectories through the minor depending upon their performance on the GU-Q Arabic placement exam:

  • Introductory Arabic I (either heritage or non-heritage): You must pick six sequential semesters of Arabic instructional coursework plus one post-advanced Arabic course and Arabic language proficiency.
  • Post-advanced level Arabic: you must take one post-advanced Arabic class and six other Arabic courses. These can include some combination of other post-advanced Arabic courses, or Arabic skills classes, with no more than one course in English about Arabic language and/or culture and Arabic language proficiency.
  • Intermediate or advanced Arabic (either heritage or non-heritage): take all Arabic instruction courses through Advanced Arabic II, one post-advanced Arabic course, and then some combination of other post-advanced Arabic courses, or Arabic skills classes, with no more than one course in English about Arabic language and/or culture and Arabic language proficiency.

For more information on the Arabic Minor Advanced Credit, Transfer Credit, and Study Abroad visit the Arabic Language Program Page

Indian Ocean Studies Minor

The Indian Ocean Studies Minor trains students to think afresh in transregional terms about key social and political questions of identity, belonging, hybridity, and globalization today. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the Indian Ocean as an object of scholarly study, students pursuing a minor are expected to demonstrate both depth and breadth of knowledge in the field. The minor consists of three components:

  • An introductory course, CULP 227: Introduction to the Indian Ocean World (also attributed as IPOL and IHIS electives)
  • Three courses to build regional expertise in African Studies or Asian Studies
  • Two electives on transregional connections in the Indian Ocean.

All students will be expected to take an interdisciplinary introductory course to the minor. This course will dwell on the interconnections and circularities that define Indian Ocean worlds. Regional expertise, built via three or more courses, is essential to appreciate transregional connections from particular vantage points. We use “Asia” and “Africa” as broadly heuristic categories that draw on the expertise of our faculty, who nonetheless, seek to transcend the conventional confines of area studies scholarship. Such regional specialization is critical for students to develop depth of knowledge in a chosen region even as they examine the constitution of those regions in a critical decolonial vein. Read more about the Indian Ocean Studies minor courses here.

Pursuing Other Minors

On occasion students have pursued other minors available to SFS students on the Washington, DC campus. If you are interested in this option, please speak with your advising dean. Please be aware that students pursuing main campus minors will not be given priority in the relevant courses. Priority in courses is reserved for students completing their core and major requirements. GU-Q students may not pursue main campus certificates.