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Requirements for the Major in Africana Studies

Requirements for the Major in Africana Studies

Africana Studies offers courses in the following fields of study: African-American, African and African Diaspora. Before electing to major in Africana studies, a student should have completed or have in progress at least two college-level courses in Africana studies. In consultation with a faculty advisor in the program, a student should plan a program that begins at either the introductory or the intermediate level and progresses to the advanced level.

The Africana Studies major consists of nine (9) interdisciplinary and disciplinary courses in African American, African diaspora, and African studies. There are two tracks or concentrations:
1. African American - on the national black experience in the United States
2. African & African Diaspora - on African regional, transregional, and African diaspora themes.

The course requirements for each track are outlined in the following categories:

African American
Required courses:
1. Introduction to Africana Studies (Africana Studies 1101)
2. 2000-level Intermediate Seminar 
3. 3000-level Senior Seminar in Africana Studies

Electives for the African American concentration
Six (6) additional courses (see the master course list):
1. At least five (5) courses must be at the 2000 or 3000 level
2. At least 1 course must be from the Africa/African Diasporic track

African & African Diaspora
Required courses:
1. Introduction to Africana Studies (Africana Studies 1101)
2. 2000-level Intermediate Seminar
3. 3000-level Senior Seminar in Africana Studies

Electives for the African & African Diaspora concentration
Six (6) additional courses (see the master course list):
1. At least five (5) courses must be at the 2000 or 3000 level
2. At least 1 course must be from the African American track

For both concentrations:
1. A first year seminar can count toward the courses required
2. A maximum of two (2) courses, either as independent study or study away, can count toward the major
3. An approved honors project can count toward the Senior Seminar requirement
4. Courses that count toward the major must be taken for regular letter grades, and students must earn grades of C- or better.

Requirements for the Minor in Africana Studies

The minor in Africana Studies consists of five disciplinary and interdisciplinary courses in African American, African and African Diaspora Studies. The course requirements for the minor in Africana Studies are outlined in the following categories:
1. Introduction to Africana Studies (Africana Studies 1101)
2. Four Africana Studies elective courses from any of the two Africana Studies tracks. Three of these courses must be at the 2000 intermediate and 3000 senior levels. Only one of these four electives can be an independent study course or a course taken at other colleges/universities. Courses taken Credit/Fail or courses in which the student received a grade lower than a C- will not be accepted for the Africana Studies minor.
* A first year seminar in Africana Studies will count towards the minor in Africana Studies.

Students considering a minor in Africana Studies are encouraged to consult with the Africana Studies Program Director by the fall of their junior year.

Introduction to Africana Studies - AFRS-1101

This introductory course in Africana Studies focuses on major humanities and social science disciplinary and interdisciplinary African American and African diaspora themes in the context of the modern world. The African American experience will be discussed in its appropriate historical context, emphasizing its important place in the history of the United States and connections to African diasporic experiences, especially in the construction of the Atlantic world. Course materials are covered chronologically and thematically, building on historically centered accounts of African American, African diaspora, and African experiences. The goal of the course is to introduce prospective Africana Studies majors and minors to the intellectually engaging field of Africana Studies; provide an overview of the major theoretical and methodological perspectives in this evolving field; and provide historical context for critical analyses of African American experiences in the United States, and their engagement with the African diaspora. This course will be offered by faculty members with primary appointments in the Africana Studies Program every fall semester.

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