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Director: Heather Hathaway, Ph.D.

Students who pursue the major/minor in Africana Studies come from all racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. They are unified by a common desire to enlarge and enrich their intellectual horizons by learning about the artistic, economic, historical, literary, philosophical, political, economic, sociological, scientific and theological contributions of people of African descent to U.S. society and culture. Students take core courses in English, history, philosophy, sociology and theology and augment these with at least five electives to complete the major.

Students are encouraged to develop 5-course concentrations in areas of particular interest. Possibilities include a disciplinary focus such as literature or sociology or an area focus such as American urban studies. Concentrations should be designed with a major adviser and require approval by the director of the program.

Africana Studies Major

The major consists of 30 credit hours: five core courses, including at least one course from each group (15 credit hours) and five electives (15 credit hours) from the course listings below.

Core Courses:
Group A - English3
Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in American Literature and Culture
Studies in Race and/or Ethnic Literature
African-American Literature
Group B - History3
Africa
African-American History
Group C - Sociology3
Race and Ethnic Relations
African-American Social Thought
Group D - Theology3
Studies in Moral Theology (when topic is approved by program director)
Additional Course - Choose one from one of the Groups listed above.3
Elective Courses - Choose five from the list below:15
Urban Anthropology
Internship
Race and Gender Issues in Mass Media
Intercultural Communication
Cross-Cultural Communication in the United States
Urban and Regional Economics
Post-Colonial Literature
Francophone Civilizations and Cultures
Decent and Affordable Housing
Culture and Health
American Urban History
The Caribbean
North Africa
Diversity in Organizations
History of Jazz
Africana Philosophy
Urban Public Policy
Urban Politics
Politics of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender
The Psychology of Prejudice
Race and Family
Race, Gender and Medicine
Urban Life
Urban Sociology
Social Inequality
Introduction to Social Welfare and Justice
Contemporary Issues in the Hispanic World
U.S. Latino/a Literature
Multicultural Issues for Speech-Language Pathologists
Total Credit Hours30

Notes:

  • Any of the core courses listed above which are not taken to fulfill the core course requirement may be taken as an elective.
  • “Special Topics,” seminars or colloquia courses with an Africana Studies focus will also be considered for approval by the program director.

 

Africana Studies Minor

The minor consists of 18 credit hours: three core courses (9 credit hours) and three elective courses (9 credit hours) from the listings below.

Core Courses - Choose three courses from the Groups listed below:9
Group A - English
Race, Ethnicity, and Identity in American Literature and Culture
Studies in Race and/or Ethnic Literature
African-American Literature
Group B - History
Africa
African-American History
Group C - Sociology
Race and Ethnic Relations
African-American Social Thought
Group D - Theology
Studies in Moral Theology (when topic is approved by program director)
Elective Courses - Choose three from the list below:9
Urban Anthropology
Internship
Race and Gender Issues in Mass Media
Intercultural Communication
Cross-Cultural Communication in the United States
Urban and Regional Economics
Post-Colonial Literature
Francophone Civilizations and Cultures
Decent and Affordable Housing
Culture and Health
American Urban History
The Caribbean
North Africa
Diversity in Organizations
History of Jazz
Africana Philosophy
Urban Public Policy
Urban Politics
Politics of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender
The Psychology of Prejudice
Race and Family
Race, Gender and Medicine
Urban Life
Urban Sociology
Social Inequality
Introduction to Social Welfare and Justice
Contemporary Issues in the Hispanic World
U.S. Latino/a Literature
Multicultural Issues for Speech-Language Pathologists
Total Credit Hours18

Notes:

  • Any of the core courses listed above which are not taken to fulfill the core course requirement may be taken as an elective.
  • Special topics, seminars or colloquia courses with an Africana Studies focus will also be considered for approval by the program director.