ACADEMICS

 

  1. Double Major

    The foundation core requirements are the same as for the standard major. In addition, nine upper-level credits must be completed. Those who choose the double major must complete six credits of individual study and directed research for a senior paper or community internship project. Students who opt for the double major must meet requirements for the double major requirements in the second department of their choice. They should make selections of courses in both departments in close consultation with their advisors in both departments.

    Minor Program

    To earn a minor in Africana studies, a student must complete 18 credits in Africana studies. The courses selected to fulfill the requirements of the minor must include nine credits of introductory-level courses. The other nine credits will be earned in upper-level courses of the student’s interest and selection. A minimum grade of “C” must be earned in each course counting toward the minor.

    1. Core Requirements (9 credits)

      AFST 100
      Introduction to the Black Experience
      AFST 206
      African-American History: A Survey
      AFST 211
      Introduction to Contemporary Africa

    2. Additional Requirement (9 credits)

      Nine credits of upper level AFST courses

Transfers and Other Majors in the Upper Division

If a student successfully has completed 60 or more credit hours at the time of declaring the major, the core requirements in Africana studies may be substituted with equivalent courses completed elsewhere, subject to approval by the student’s AFST advisor and the department’s chairperson.

 

Interdisciplinary Studies Major Interdisciplinary Studies Major

In addition to the major options in Africana studies, a student may choose to complete the major through the Interdisciplinary Studies Program. Full descriptions of the options offered by the INDS major can be found in the catalog under Interdisciplinary Studies.

 

Non-Majors

Generally, students learn comparatively little about the black experience in elementary and secondary schools. Through Africana studies, they find the opportunity to benefit from courses offering broad perspectives on the history and culture of black peoples. For students planning careers in public service (including education, health-related professions, environmental management, law and social services), an exposure to the values and dynamics of black society and culture is indispensable.

In addition to AFST 100, other lower-level courses in Africana studies are highly recommended to all students for the purpose of fulfilling the general foundation requirements. Through mutual cooperation, many of the courses in Africana studies are cross-listed with other departments in the humanities and social sciences, thus offering students several electives for completing their graduation requirements.

 

Honors Program

Qualified students may enroll in the department’s honors program. This is an intensive program of seminars, workshops, research and independent study. It emphasizes the development of critical thinking and leadership skills. Information and application forms are available in the department office.

 

Special Opportunities

The department encourages and assists students to pursue internships focused on community involvement in urban development, health, education, justice, business and industry.