Major Requirements

 

Major Requirements for the Class of 2023 and beyond. The major in Africana requires ten courses and a thesis.

Courses taken for the major must include:
1) Introductory course(s).
One of the following:
AFR 100. Introduction to Africana.
INDS 100. African Perspectives on Justice, Human Rights, and Renewal.
or two courses from the following list:

AF/RF 162. White Redemption: Cinema and the Co-optation of African American History.
AF/MU 249. African American Popular Music.
AM/AN 207. Race, Racism and Redress.
AM/AV 288. Visualizing Race.
BIO 128. Out of the Sea.
ED/SO 242. Race, Cultural Pluralism, and Equality.
FYS 468. Beyond Nelson Mandela.
FYS 496. Racial Formation in Biomedical Science.

2) INDS 250. Interdisciplinary Studies: Methods and Modes of Inquiry.

3) One course that centers on gender, which may include any course in Africana bearing the designation (Africana: Gender) or one of the following courses offered by other departments and programs:
AV/GS 287. Gender and Visual Culture.
AV/GS 345. Trans Studies in the Politics of Visibility.
FYS 494. Lorraine Hansberry and James Baldwin: Young, Gifted, Black, and Queer.
GSS 100. Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies.
GSS 202. Queer and Trans Sports Studies.
INDS 301Z. Race and U.S. Women’s Movements.
MUS 266. Miles Davis.
RFSS 391E. The Interracial Buddy Film.

4) One course that examines Blackness from a historical perspective, which may include any course in Africana bearing the designation (Africana: Historical Perspective) or one of the following courses offered by other departments and programs:
AM/RE 272. Islam in America.
AM/HI 299. White Supremacy: An American History.
FYS 468. Beyond Nelson Mandela.
HIST 287. History of East Africa.
HIST 294. The Revolutionary Black Atlantic, 1770-1840.
HIST 301F. African Nationalism and Decolonization.
HIST s21. Crime and Punishment in Africa.
INDS 301Z. Race and U.S. Women’s Movements.
MUS 247. History of Jazz.

5) Two courses that center on diaspora, which may include any course in Africana bearing the designation (Africana: Diaspora) or the following courses offered by other departments and programs:
AM/RE 272. Islam in America.
FYS 468. Beyond Nelson Mandela.
HIST 287. History of East Africa.
HIST 294. The Revolutionary Black Atlantic, 1770-1840.
HIST 301F. African Nationalism and Decolonization.
HIST s21. Crime and Punishment in Africa.

6) One junior-senior seminar.

Major Requirements for the Classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022. The major in Africana requires eleven courses and a thesis. Courses taken for the major must include:
a) at least one course that has an experiential component;
b) at least one course that emphasizes feminist histories and analyses;
c) at least one course that focuses on black diasporic life outside the United States.
Within the major, students may develop a concentration in literature or the arts (music, theater, dance, fine art), film studies, environmental studies, gender studies, politics, public policy, anthropology, economics, education, sociology, psychology, history, philosophy, race and science, or may focus on a particular world region (e.g., the Caribbean, Africa, Latin America).

Courses for the major include:

1) Required Courses:
AFR 100. Introduction to Africana.
INDS 250. Interdisciplinary Studies: Methods and Modes of Inquiry.

2) One history course, including but not limited to:
AF/HI 280. Health and Healing in Africa.
AF/HI 301E. African Slavery in the Americas.
INDS 257. African American Women’s History and Social Transformation.

3) One junior-senior seminar, including but not limited to:
AF/HI 301E. African Slavery in the Americas.
INDS 302. Black Feminist Activist and Intellectual Traditions.
INDS 321.Afroambiente: Escritura negra y medio ambiente.
INDS 342. Performance, Narrative, and the Body.
INDS 390. Afro-Latinoamérica.

4) Eight other courses offered by the Africana program or cross-listed in Africana, or from the following list of electives offered by other departments and programs:
AM/AV 288. Visualizing Race.
ANTH s10. Encountering Community: Ethnographic Fieldwork and Community-Engaged Learning.
ED/SO 242. Race, Cultural Pluralism, and Equality in American Education.
MUS 247. History of Jazz.
REL 247. City upon the Hill.
REL 255. African American Religious Traditions.
SOC 205. Research Methods for Sociology.

4) AFR 457 or 458. Senior Thesis.

Pass/Fail Grading Option for All Classes. Pass/fail grading may not be elected for courses applied toward the major.

Minor Requirements for the Class of 2023 and beyond. A minor in Africana allows students to develop a basic foundation in the field and to complement the perspective and modes of analysis offered in their major area of study. The minor in Africana requires six courses. Courses taken for the minor must include:

1) Introductory course(s).
One of the following:
AFR 100. Introduction to Africana.
INDS 100. African Perspectives on Justice, Human Rights, and Renewal.
or two courses from the following list:

AF/MU 249. African American Popular Music.
AF/RF 162. White Redemption.
AM/AN 207. Race, Racism and Redress.
AM/AV 288. Visualizing Race.
BIO 128. Out of the Sea.
ED/SO 242. Race, Cultural Pluralism, and Equality.
FYS 468. Beyond Nelson Mandela.
FYS 496. Racial Formation in Biomedical Science.

2) One course that centers on gender, which may include any course in Africana bearing the designation (Africana: Gender) or the following courses from other departments and programs:
AV/GS 287. Gender and Visual Culture.
AV/GS 345. Trans Studies in the Politics of Visibility.
FYS 494. Lorraine Hansberry and James Baldwin: Young, Gifted, Black, and Queer.
GSS 100. Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies.
GSS 202 Queer and Trans Sports Studies.
INDS 301Z. Race and U.S. Women’s Movements.
MUS 266. Miles Davis.
RFSS 391E. The Interracial Buddy Film.

3) One course that centers on diaspora, which may include any course in Africana bearing the designation (Africana: Diaspora) or the following courses from other departments and programs:
AM/RE 272. Islam in America.
FYS 468. Beyond Nelson Mandela.
HIST 287. History of East Africa.
HIST 294. The Revolutionary Black Atlantic, 1770-1840.
HIST 301F. African Nationalism and Decolonization.
HIST s21. Crime and Punishment in Africa.

4) One junior-senior seminar.

Minor Requirements for the Classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022. A minor in African American studies allows students to develop a basic foundation in the field and to complement the perspective and modes of analysis offered in their major area of study. The program has established the following requirements for a minor in African American studies:

1) AFR 100. Introduction to Africana. (formerly AAS 100. Introduction to African American Studies).
2) AF/GS 201. Race, Ethnicity, and Feminist Thought.
3) Four additional courses, of which one should focus on black diasporic life outside the United States, of which one should be at the 300 level.

Pass/Fail Grading Option for All Classes. Pass/fail grading may not be elected for courses applied toward the minor.