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Africana Studies Major

Major: Interdisciplinary Studies (36 credits)

Theme: Africana Studies

Only two transfer courses will apply towards major requirements. A grade of C or better is required in all major courses. Students will be required to complete all prerequisites needed for individual major courses. Individual courses may be used only once to meet program requirements or electives. Students may cross-count up to 9 credits for a minor or a second major, on approval from that program.


*courses have a strong focus in African Diaspora
**courses are summer study abroad that involve Afro-Columbian writers and historical archive work with Afro-Columbian history

Foundations (12 credits):

-AFS 3262 African Diaspora Studies (3 credits)
-AMH 3571 (CD) Introduction to African American History (3 credits)
-One course focused on Africa and African peoples from this list (3 credits):
ANT 4352 (FC) Peoples and Cultures of Africa
AFH 3450 (CD/FC) South Africa
AFH 3100 Ancient Africa to 1850
AFH 3200 History of Modern Africa
AFH 3252 War, Genocide, and HIV in Modern Africa
CPO 3213 Politics and Society in Sub-Saharan Africa
Or relevant Africa-focused coursework approved by the program director.
-Select 1 of the following Methods courses (3 credits):
GIS 3043 Intro to Geographical Information Systems
ANT 4083 Quantitative Methods in Anthropology
CCJ 3700 Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice
ENG 3816 Digital Methods in Literary Studies
ENG 4004 Research Methods in English
PHI 3084 Philosophical Methods
REL 3102 Religion as Culture
PSY 3213 Research Methods in Psychology
POS 3733 Research Design for Political Scientists
POS 3734 Research Analysis for Political Scientists
SYA 3300 Logic of Inquiry
SYA 3310 Qualitative Research Methods
ECO 3411 Business and Economic Statistics
PAD 4144 Nonprofit Management
HIS 3051 Craft of the Historian
ANT 4497 Ethnographic Methods
Or relevant methods coursework approved by the program director.
Core (2 credits) Select 4 courses from the following:
PHM 3128 Philosophy of Race and Racism
REL 3152 Race and Religion in US
ARH 3631 African American Art History
AML 3621 (GW) Black American Literature
AMH 3673 The Civil Rights Movement
ANT 4352 (FC) Peoples and Cultures of Africa
MUH 3055 (FC) African American Musical Heritage
SYD 3700 Racial & Cultural Minorities
LAS 3020 Peoples and Cultures of the Caribbean
Or additional coursework to be approved by the program director.
Capstone (3 credits)
At the end of their program, students will complete a capstone experience, which may involve an internship, a directed independent study, a relevant study abroad, a TLO, community-based experience, or other project in consultation with the program director.
Electives (9 credits) Select 3 courses from the Foundations or Core categories, or from the following:
Students are encouraged to gain a wide variety of disciplinary skills and perspectives. Special Topics or other courses on Race, Africa, African-American, or African Diaspora themes from any department may be included, after consultation with the program director. Some courses listed here may be offered on a limited basis, please consult with your advisor. Students are encouraged to consider how electives might complement their minor or a double-major.
 AFH 3450 (CD/FC) South Africa
AMH 3170: African American History since 1865
AFH 3100 Ancient Africa to 1850
AFH 3200 History of Modern Africa
AMH 3672 Atlantic Slave Trade
AMH 3402 History of the Old South
AMH 3404 History of the New South
AFH 3252 War, Genocide, and HIV in Modern Africa
EUH3932 France and its Empire since 1871
HIS 3490 History of Medicine and Disease

LAS 3020 Brazilian Music*
FRT 3550 Faces of France*
FRE 3502 French and Francophone Cultures (in French)*
FRE 4930 Special Topics in French Culture
FOL 3953 Peace and Popular Culture**
SPN 3860 Digital Textual Editing in Spanish**

ECP 2140 Race & Gender in the American Economy

TPP 4241 Theater for Social Change
ENC 4436 Writing as Social Action

MUH 2018 Evolution of Jazz 1
MUH 3024 Evolution of Jazz 2

PHP 3790 American Philosophy
PHI 3601 Ethics
PHI 3640 Environmental Ethics
PHM 3400 Philosophy of Law
PHM 4340 Contemporary Political Philosophy

REL 3120 Religion in America
REL 3101 Religion and Popular Culture
REL 3127 Religion and the Courts
REL 3148 Religion and Violence

INR 3248 US Caribbean/Central American Relations
POS 3142 Politics and Policy in Urban Government
CPO 3213 Politics and Society in Sub-Saharan Africa
CPO 4034 Politics of Developing Countries
POS 3931 Politics of Peace and Conflict

SOP 3004 Social Psychology
SOP 3515 Fundamentals of Conflict Transformation
SOP 3751 Psychology and the Law
SOP 3723 Culture and Psychology

                  SPC 4064 Public Speaking for Professionals

ANT 3340 Anthropology of the West Indies
ANT 3355 The African Diaspora
ANT 4451 Anthropology of Race
SYD 3410 Urban Sociology
SYD 4702 Race, Place, and Inequality
SYG 2013 Sex, Race, and Social Class
SYP 4660 Sociology of Culture
SYP 4351 Social Movements and Social Change
SYA 4930 Special Topics, related to Africana Studies

CCJ 2002 Crime in America
CCJ 4662 Minorities and Crime

ARH 3453 Post War Art: 1940-1980
ARH 3475 Contemporary Art: 1980 – Present
ARH 3583 Tribal Arts
ARH 3621 American Art I: 1492-1876
ARH 3623 American Art II: 1876-1940

FIL 3300 Documentary Studies
FIL 4882 Cinema and Culture

EDF 2085 Introduction to Diversity for Educators

GEO 3553 Cultural Dimensions of Economic Geography
GEA 3405 Geography of Latin American and the Caribbean
ECP 3613 Urban Economics