HIST 280 History of Africa • 5 Cr.


Examines the history of the continent from the origins of the human species to the present. Topics include the rise and fall of ancient kingdoms and civilizations, the impact of the wider world from Greek and Roman times to the 20th century, and Africa's role in international affairs. Same as INTST 280. Either HIST 280 or INTST 280 may be taken for credit, not both. May be used as social science or humanities credit, not both, at BC.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Analyze and critically evaluate primary and secondary sources.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Identify and assess the causes and consequences of major economic, social, political, and cultural developments in the history of Africa.
  • Evaluate the causes and consequences of imperialism and decolonization in Africa.
  • Evaluate the causes of the rise of modern African nationalism and independence movements of the twentieth century.
  • Recognize and identify the causes and consequences of economic, political, and social problems and conflicts which have confronted African nations in the contemporary world.