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Africana Studies – Overview

Tess Chakkalakal, Program Director

Glynis Wears-Siegel, Program Coordinator

Professor: Olufemi Vaughan (History)

Associate Professors: Tess Chakkalakal (English), Brian Purnell* (History)

Assistant Professor: Judith S. Casselberry

Contributing Faculty: Ericka A. Albaugh, Dana Byrd, Guy Mark Foster †, David Gordon †,

David Hecht, Scott MacEachern, Tracy McMullen, Elizabeth Muther, H. Roy Partridge Jr.,

Patrick J. Rael, Hanétha Vété-Congolo, Anthony Walton

The Africana Studies Program is an interdisciplinary field that brings together the humanities and social sciences to study the world from African American and African perspectives. The aim of the program is to introduce students to analytical and critical skills through multiple methodological approaches drawn from anthropology, art history, history, literature, music, political economy, and theater.

Requirements for the Major in Africana Studies

The major in Africana studies consists of nine interdisciplinary and disciplinary courses in African American, African diaspora, and African studies. The course requirements for the major in Africana studies are:

1. Introduction to Africana Studies (Africana Studies 1101 {101})

2. Intermediate Seminar in Africana Studies (2000-2999)

3. Senior Seminar in Africana Studies (3000-3999)

4. Six additional courses drawn from two tracks in Africana studies. The tracks in Africana studies are: (a) African American Studies (Africana studies courses on the United States); and (b) African and African Diaspora Studies (Africana studies courses on African regional, transregional, and African diaspora themes).

5. Students are required to take at least one course from the track that is not their primary concentration. For example, one course from the African American Studies track will be required of students in the African and African Diaspora Studies track.

6. Independent study and off-campus electives: prospective majors in Africana studies can take a maximum of two courses either as independent study or at other colleges/universities, or students may take one course each from either of these two categories toward one of the tracks in Africana studies. Africana studies majors should consult with the Africana Studies Program director or their Africana studies faculty advisor before making a final decision on study abroad and/or taking courses at other colleges/universities.

7. A first-year seminar in Africana studies will count toward the courses required as electives for the major in Africana studies. A first-year seminar can satisfy either of the two tracks in Africana studies.

8. At least five of the courses from either of the two tracks must be at the intermediate and advanced levels (numbered 2000–2969 {200–289} or 3000–3999 {300–399}).

9. Courses that will count toward the major must be taken for regular letter grades (not Credit/D/Fail), and students must earn grades of C- or better in these courses.

For more information and clarification on the major requirements in Africana studies, prospective majors are encouraged to consult with the Africana Studies Program director or a faculty member in the Africana Studies Program by the fall semester of their junior year.

Requirements for the Minor in Africana Studies

The minor in Africana studies will consist of five disciplinary and interdisciplinary courses in African American, African, and African Diaspora studies. The course requirements for the minor in Africana studies are:

1. Introduction to Africana Studies (Africana Studies 1101 {101})

2. Four Africana studies elective courses from either of the two Africana studies tracks. Three of these courses must be at the intermediate and advanced levels (numbered 2000–2969 {200–289} or 3000–3999 {300–399}). Only one of these four electives can be an independent study course or a course taken at another college or university.

3. Courses that will count toward the minor must be taken for regular letter grades (not Credit/D/Fail), and students must earn grades of C- or better in these courses.

4. A first-year seminar in Africana studies will count toward 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 semester of their junior year.


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