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Africana Studies Major Requirements

Major Requirement Changes Effective Fall 2107

Students who declared the major prior to Fall 2017 should consult with their Advisors to complete the Africana Studies checklist for AY2012-2016 in their senior year.


The major in Africana Studies consists of ten interdisciplinary and disciplinary courses drawn from the interrelated fields of African studies, African Diaspora studies, African American studies, and courses focused on comparative studies or topics relevant to Africana studies. Students declaring an Africana Studies major in AY 2017 and beyond will pursue the major according to the following structure:

Two Core Courses

Category I: One Introductory course, drawn from the following circulating courses: Introduction to Africana Studies; WEB DuBois and the Foundations of Africana; A World View of Race; Black World Literature.

Category II (Methodology and Concentration): a course drawn from the following courses: Race and US Africa Policy; Black Feminist Theories; African Politics; Youth of Color; Critical Race Theory; African History; History of African-American Music

Eight Elective Courses:

Category III (Distribution/Electives): at least five of these courses should come from the student's main area of concentration (drawn from the designated areas Africa, African America, and Other Diasporas). The other three should be selected from the other two areas, at least one from each.

Africana Studies majors are encouraged to fulfill their foreign language requirement in a language of Africa or the African Diaspora, e.g., Twi, Swahili, or Arabic, or one that will assist work in areas of Africa or the Diaspora, e.g., French, Portuguese.

Majors in Africana Studies may take up to five courses that are also counted towards another major. Up to four courses may be transferred from other institutions (e.g. non-Tufts programs abroad). At least three courses of the major must be at the 100 level. Up to two courses of independent study (including senior honors thesis) may be counted towards the major. Courses with grades lower than C- will not be accepted towards the major. The foregoing is a minimal program. For many purposes further preparation involving additional language and additional 100-level courses is needed.

Africana Studies Minor Requirements

The Africana Studies Minor requires six disciplinary and interdisciplinary courses drawn from African studies, African Diaspora studies, African American studies, and comparative studies or topics relevant to Africana studies. Of these six courses, two are core courses and four are electives.

  1. Two core courses as outlined for the major.
  2. Four elective courses drawn from any two of the elective options for the major.

Students are encouraged to declare their interest in an Africana Studies minor not later than the beginning of their senior year. One elective may be an independent study course (including senior honors thesis); three courses may be counted towards a major; normally up to two courses may be transferred from other institutions. At least one course of the minor must be at the 100 level. Courses with grades lower than C- will not be accepted towards the minor.

Minor Forms