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Africana Studies

Career and Academic Paths | Major Program | Transfers and Other Majors in the Upper Division | Interdisciplinary Studies Major | Non-Majors | Honors Program | Special Opportunities |

Faculty

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Chair

Thomas N. Robinson, Jr.

Associate Professors

Lateef O. Badru
Gloria I. Chuku
Christel N. Temple

Professor Emeritus

Willie B. Lamouse-Smith

Professor Emerita

Daphne D. Harrison

Instructors

Kwame Ansah-Brew
Terrence Hickey
Sharon King
Kibbi Mac-Shelton
Wenda Pigatt-Canty
Jason Rhodes
Karen Suttom

Courses in this program are listed under AFST.

The Department of Africana Studies provides an undergraduate education that draws from the intellectual heritage, accumulated knowledge, enduring experiences and contributions of Africa and its diaspora. Through multi- and interdisciplinary methodologies, students acquire knowledge in ways that help them build their analytical and critical thinking skills. Students are helped to use their knowledge and experiences to prepare for graduate study in a variety of fields and for rewarding careers that will enhance the quality of their lives and contribute to the development of their communities.

Students may pursue the standard major in Africana studies or a concentration in a track. Many students find it productive to combine Africana studies with another discipline in a dual major. Students also may minor in Africana studies. Students who select the major or double-major in Africana studies have the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge through internships or field research.

Major Program

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Africana Studies consist of 36 credits for the standard major and 30 credits for the double major. A grade of “C” or better is required for all courses in the major. Courses intended to count toward the fulfillment of the major may not be taken on the P/F option.

I. Standard Major

In addition to the normal general education requirements, all majors are required to complete 36 credit hours of study distributed as follows:

A. Core Requirements (15 credits)

  • AFST 100 Introduction to the Black Experience
  • AFST 201 Introduction to Methodology and Research in AFST Studies
  • AFST 211 Introduction to Contemporary Africa
  • AFST 261 Black Literature: 20th Century
  • AFST 271 Introduction to Community Involvement

B. Additional Requirements (15 credits)

Choose from among the remaining 300- to 400-level courses, of which at least six credits must be from both of the following two categories:
  • African history and politics;
    AFST 312-326, 368, 411, 415, 430-440
  • African-American culture and experience;
    AFST 344-367, 369-370, 375, 420, 442-465

C. Individual study and directed research for a senior paper or project (6 credits)


II. Major With Concentration in Community Involvement Studies

In addition to the normal general education requirements, this AFST option requires the following:

A. Core Requirements (15 credits)

  • AFST 100 Introduction to the Black Experience
  • AFST 201 Introduction to Methodology and Research in AFST Studies
  • AFST 211 Introduction to Contemporary Africa
  • AFST 261 Black Literature: 20th Century
  • AFST 271 Introduction to Community Involvement

B. Additional Requirements (15 credits)

AFST 301, 377, 378 and six credits selected from the following:
AFST 272-299, 350, 371-375, 381-399 and 471-489.
Twelve of the 15 credits must be at the 300-400 level.

C. AFST 490 Community Internship Project; (6 credits)

III. 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.

A. Core Requirements (9 credits)

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

B. Additional Requirement (9 credits)

Nine credits of upper level AFST courses