Requirements

As an interdisciplinary field of academic study, Africana Studies draws on the strengths of faculty from a number of departments across the College of Arts & Letters, including Anthropology, American Studies, English, History, Political Science, Sociology, Gender Studies, Education, and Theology.

This interdisciplinary approach trains students to focus on the experiences of the peoples of the Africana diaspora while also learning the methodology of disciplines that take the Africana experience as a subject of inquiry. The experience of the African diaspora remains, always, the center of intellectual inquiry. The various disciplinary approaches facilitate a multi-faceted understanding of its multiple dimensions. We house a small group of core faculty and a growing number of affiliated faculty.

Together, in collaboration with the various institutes, centers, and other interdisciplinary departments at the University, students are provided with a number of different informal trajectories of study and a variety of courses to fulfill the major and minor for the department.

Students may pursue a major, supplementary major, or minor in Africana Studies.  

Requirements for Major

Africana Studies majors must complete a total of ten courses (30 credit hours), as specified below.

1. Introduction to Africana Studies

2. Three Breadth Requirements

    One course in the social sciences (bears attribute AFSS)

    One course in fine arts or literature (bears attribute AFAL)

    One course in history (bears attribute AFHI)

3. Four additional upper division courses in Africana Studies

3. Two courses (six credits) of an approved thesis or internship completed in fall and spring of your senior year

Requirements for Supplementary Major

Africana Studies supplementary majors must complete a total of eight courses (24 credit hours), as specified below.

1. Introduction to Africana Studies

2. Three Breadth Requirements

    One course in the social sciences (bears attribute AFSS)

    One course in fine arts or literature (bears attribute AFAL)

    One course in history (bears attribute AFHI)

3. Four additional upper division courses in Africana Studies

Requirements for Minor 

Africana Studies minors must complete a total of five courses (15 credit hours), as specified below.

1. Introduction to Africana Studies

2. Three Breadth Requirements

    One course in the social sciences (bears attribute AFSS)

    One course in fine arts or literature (bears attribute AFAL)

    One course in history (bears attribute AFHI)

3. One additional upper division courses in Africana Studies