The African Studies Minor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program with the central goal of developing students' knowledge and understanding of African people, their land, history, culture, economy, socio-cultural institutions, traditional power structures and the African Diaspora. It provides students the opportunity to fully appreciate the global impacts of African cultures and histories on the Art, music, religion, language and other spheres of the human endeavors. Opportunities exist for students to be involved in field studies in Africa through SIUE Study Abroad Program. It is our belief that an African Studies background prepares students for a more informed global experience and enriched encounter with groups from diverse cultures. The African Studies Minor is currently administered by the Department of Geography. For more information on admission, required courses, advisement and field studies in Africa, please contact the Program Advisor - Dr. Francis Odemerho, Department of Geography, Alumni Hall, Room 1402 or by phone at: (618)650-2097 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.