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2015 - 2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015 - 2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Africana Studies, African-American Concentration, BA

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Requirements for Major

Required Credit Hours: 36

Major Declaration:

Prospective majors in AFST should discuss their plan-of-study with a faculty advisor by the end of the sophomore year. Declaration forms and instructions for majors and minors are available at the websites of Africana Studies and the University Registrar.

Language Requirement

Africana Studies requires an Africa-relevant foreign language study that exceeds the College-wide proficiency requirement. Specifically, Africana Studies requires additional Africa-relevant foreign language study that can be fulfilled by any one of the following:

a) one course beyond the 202-level in one language, or

b) 202-level proficiency in a second Africa-relevant language, or

c) African American English or AFST 306 Caribbean Linguistics, or AFST 306: African Cultures Through Languages or other Africana Studies courses on African Languages or

d)  off-campus study programs or native proficiency in any national, ethnic, or community language of African or the African Diaspora (such as, but not limited to, Amharic, Hausa, Haitian Kreyol, Jamaican Creole English, Oromiffa, Twi, Swahili, Sranan, Yoruba, Wolof and Zulu).

Native proficiency in the following can also be used to fulfill the requirement: Arabic, French, Portuguese, or Spanish. Others may be approved on a case-by-case basis.

Major Computing Requirement (MCR):

Each major must fulfill the MCR by earning a grade of C- or better in one of the courses listed under Methods (see below) or take CSCI 131  or higher.

Common Core 1: Gateway Course

All majors, regardless of concentration, will take a gateway course:

Common Core 2: Methods

The 3 credit methods course may be selected from any of the participating departments. The choices include, but are not limited to:


Students who intend to write an Honors thesis should select the methods course that best meets their needs.

Common Core 3: Capstone Experience

Majors must also have a capstone experience with a significant research component, which is satisfied by taking the following:


These courses total at least 6 credits.

Concentration Core & Electives:

The remaining credits are to come from concentration core and  courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences that are specific to each of the three Concentrations that constitute the Major. These are listed by Concentration. The University Registrar publishes the most recent list of eligible courses every semester.

Concentration in African-American Studies


  1. Courses cannot be double counted within the Africana Studies major.
  2. Only one (1) course from a student's other major from the above lists can count towards the Africana Studies major

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