Dec 04, 2023  
2022 - 2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022 - 2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Africana Studies (BA in Interdisciplinary Studies)

Requirements for Major

Required Credit Hours: 36

Major Declaration:

Prospective majors in Africana Studies 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.

Gateway Course

All majors will take a gateway course.


All majors will take the 3 credit methods course.

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:

  1. one course beyond the 202-level in one language approved by the Curriculum Committee, or
  2. 202-level proficiency in a second Africa-relevant language approved by the Curriculum Committee, or
  3. AFST 250 - African-American English  or AFST 251 - Soon Come: Caribbean Languages and Identities  or HIST 278 - Deciphering Ancient Egypt , or other Africana Studies courses on African Languages, or
  4. off-campus study programs or native proficiency in any national, ethnic, or community language of African or the African Diaspora approved by the Africana Curriculum Committee, or
  5. 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 by the Curriculum Committee.

Regional Introductory Course

All majors must take at least one introductory course in a regional area.

Capstone Experience

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


The remaining credits come from other Africana Studies courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Students need to take at least three (3) credit hours in Humanities and three (3) credit hours in Social Sciences.


Courses cannot be double counted within the Africana Studies major.