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Africana Studies Major Requirements
Students who have declared the Africana Studies major/minor prior to Fall 2020 can follow the previous major/minor requirements or choose to follow the new major/minor requirements.
The BA in Africana Studies requires the completion of ten courses. Course content must be 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, and selected from the following categories: one course each from Category 1 (Foundations) and Category 2 (Methodology and Concentration), with the remaining eight courses being electives.
Category I (Foundations): 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,
African-American History to 1865.
Category II (Methodology and Concentration): a course drawn from the following courses: Race and US Africa Policy; Black Feminist Theories; African Politics; Critical Race Theory; African History; History of African-American Music
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 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.
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.
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