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Africana Studies Major Africana Studies Minor Courses

Africana Studies Major

Ten courses (minimum of 30 credits) are required for the major. The major consists of the following:

I. Introductory Course. Take the following which is offered every semester:

  • AFRS 2000 - Introduction to Africana Studies
Note: Students are strongly encouraged to take this course during the Freshmen or Sophomore year however it may be taken by any student including Juniors and Seniors.

II. Nine Elective Courses

Geographic Distribution: Students must fulfill a distribution component of at least two courses (six credits) in African Studies and two courses (six credits) in African Diaspora Studies.

Africana Studies Program Electives: Students must take at least one elective class which is based in the Africana Studies Program with the AFRS course designation.

Upper Level Courses: Students must take at least four courses (twelve credits) at the 4000 level or higher. A maximum of three electives (nine credits) at the 1000 or 2000 levels may be counted toward major.

Limits: A maximum of six dance credits may count toward the major.

Language Courses: Language classes in Arabic, Haitian Creole, Swahili, Yoruba and Zulu may all be counted for elective credit in the Africana Studies Major.

Africana Studies Minor

Six courses (minimum of 18 credits) are required for the minor, which consists of the following:

I. Introductory Course. Take the following which is offered every semester:

  • AFRS 2000 – Introduction to Africana Studies

II. Five Elective Courses

Geographic Distribution: Students must fulfill a distribution component of at least one courses (three credits) in African Studies and one course (three credits) in African Diaspora Studies.

Upper Level Courses: Students must take at least three courses (twelve credits) at the 3000 level or higher.

Limits: A maximum of four dance credits may count toward the major.

Language Courses: Language classes in Arabic, Haitian Creole, Swahili, Yoruba and Zulu may all be counted for elective credit in the Africana Studies Minor.

Courses

Africana Studies Prefix Courses

  • AFRS 2000: Intro to Africana Studies
  • AFRS 3200: Topics in African Studies
    • African Feminisms
    • Writing Gender from Africa
  • AFRS 3300: Topics in African Diaspora Studies (sometimes offered with a 7000-level graduate section)
    • African-Americans and Sociology
    • Blackness in Latin America
    • Black Slavery in the Atlantic
    • Sociology of Black Resistance
  • AFRS 3400: Black Cities
  • AFRS 4400: Afro-Brazilians
  • AFRS 4570: Africana Studies Internship
  • AFRS 4810: Anti-Apartheid Cultures
  • AFRS 4810: Hip Hop Culture and Theory
  • AFRS 4830: Black, Queer, Horror Theory
  • AFRA 4830: Black Women’s Health
  • AFRS 4831/7000: Transnational Black Culture
  • AFRS 4910: Independent Study

Core Affiliated Courses

Courses with Africana Studies content typically offered by other departments and generally taught by faculty affiliated with the Program that count for credit toward the African Studies Program Major & Minor

Art History

  • ARHS 3871: Introduction to African American Art History, c.1700-1940
  • ARHS 3872: African Diaspora Art History, c. 1925-Present
  • ARHS 6875: Race & National Mythologies in American Art and Visual Culture
  • ARHS 6874: Race and the Art of Empire
  • ARHS 6876: Interracial Themes in Western Art
  • ARHS 6512: Contested Visions: Race, Rebellion, Reconstruction, Reunion, Romanticization, Revision and other Narratives Surrounding the Civil War in American Art & Visual Culture

Anthropology

  • ANTH 3092/7092: The Anthropology of Race
  • ANTH 3092/7092: Race and Migration
  • ANTH 3092/7092: Sex Work
  • ANTH 3300/7000: Urban Music: Race, Class, and Sexuality

Communications

  • COMM 3440: Critical Race Theory
  • COMM 3500: British Cultural Studie

English

  • ENLS 3010: Black Women Writers
  • ENLS 4300: Love Stories from Africa

French & Italian

  • FREN 7370: The French Atlantic

Haitian Creole

  • HACR 1010: Elementary Haitian Creole I
  • HACR 1020: Elementary Haitian Creole II
  • HACR 2030: Intermediate Haitian Creole

History

  • HISB 1310: Africa since 1800
  • HISB 1300: Africa to 1800
  • HISL 1720: Intro Caribbean History
  • HISB 2130: History of Southern Africa
  • HISU 2690: Early African-American History
  • HISU 2700: Modern African-American
  • HISL 3200: History of Voodoo
  • HISB 3250: Archiving Africa
  • HISU 3360: Slavery & Public History
  • HISL 3361: Slave Rebellions
  • HISB 4210: History of Development in Africa
  • HISB 4250: Atlantic Slave Trade
  • HISL 4740: Caribbean Cultural History
  • HISU 6540: African-American Cultural History
  • HISL 6750: Africans in the Americas
  • HISL 6780: Caribbean History Seminar

Music

  • MUSC 1900: New Orleans Music
  • MUSC 3440: Black Music, Black Lives
  • MUSC 3450 Music & Politics (may count for Africana Studies; confirm with instructor)
  • MUSC 7060: New Orleans Music

Political Science & International Development

  • PSDV 2400: Introduction to International Development (counts for Africana Studies only when content is primarily Africana-related; confirm with instructor)
  • POLC 3200: African Politics
  • PSDV 3200: Development Issues and Strategies
  • PSDV 4200: Women and Development in Africa
  • PSDV 4330: Transitional Justice

Psychology

  • PSYC 4610: Black Youth: Developmental Psychology Perspectives
  • PSYC 3390: Introduction to African American Psychology

Spanish & Portuguese

  • PORT 4120/6920: Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration in Brazilian Literature
  • SPAN 6150: Caribbean Literature
  • SPAN 6780: Latin American Cultural Studies

Theatre & Dance

  • DANC 1920: Brazilian Dance
  • DANC 1910: African Dance I
  • DANC 2910: African Dance II
  • DANC 4900: Building Community Through the Arts
  • THEA 4750: African American Theatre History
  • THEA 6924: Theatre for Social Justice