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2013 - 2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2013 - 2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Africana Studies, African Studies 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. This means one course beyond the 202-level in one language, or 202-level proficiency in two languages. Besides native African languages (such as Amharic, Hausa, Oromiffa, Swahili, Yoruba, Wolof and Zulu), the following can be used to fulfill the requirement: Arabic, French, Portuguese, or Spanish. Others, such as Creole, may be approved on a case by case basis. Students are well-advised to choose languages that are appropriate for the chosen concentration.

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.

Major Writing Requirement (MWR):

The following writing-intensive courses satisfy the MWR for Africana Studies:

Common Core:

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

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.


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.


The remaining credits are to come from elective 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 Studies


A reasonably comprehensive but by no means exhaustive listing of courses that may be counted toward the Major or the Minor appears above. Not all courses are offered every semester, and newly-added courses not yet in the Catalog may qualify. This listing is designed as an advising aid for faculty and students to ensure a coherent plan of study.

Group One contains courses that are mandatory for each Concentration. Group Two and Group Three list electives from which at least 27 credits must be taken. The classification of AFST 480 , AFST 495 -AFST 496  and AFST 498  depends on the topic. A course can be counted only under one group.

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