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Major

The major program in Africana Studies is administered by the Africana Studies Institute.

Africana Studies Major Plan of Study 2017

Course Information

Course descriptions

Taking as its central mission the study of peoples of African descent on the continent and in the diaspora, the Africana Studies major seeks a nuanced and interdisciplinary understanding of the human experience. The Africana Studies major does so through the humanities, arts, and social sciences, with particular emphasis on continuities and discontinuities across geography and time. Its broad educational objectives are to engender among all students an intellectual appreciation of black lives and their saliency for all human experience; to deepen students’ critical analytic skills; and to value social equality, democracy, and humanitarianism. The Africana Studies major strives to provide students with substantive knowledge of the black world and its linkages to national as well as pre-, sub-, supra-, and transnational processes. Students play an active role in the Africana Studies Institute’s mission to facilitate respect and positive intersocial relationships within the university community. Completion of the B.A. in Africana Studies prepares the student for work in government, community agencies, international organizations, business, journalism and communications, or for graduate studies that lead to careers in research and teaching.

Requirements

To satisfy the Africana Studies major, the student must complete twenty-seven credits in AFRA courses, with at least one three-credit course in each of groups A, B, and C. Students must also complete 12 credits of related courses from Group D. Variable Content courses may be applied to distribution groups determined by course content and advisor consent. All majors must take AFRA 2211 and AFRA 4994W; the latter is generally taken senior year.

Requirements

To satisfy the Africana Studies major, the student must complete twenty-seven credits in AFRA courses, with at least one three-credit course in each of groups A, B, and C. Students must also complete 12 credits of related courses from Group D. Variable Content courses may be applied to distribution groups determined by course content and advisor consent. All majors must take AFRA 2211 and AFRA 4994W; the latter is generally taken senior year.

Group A: History
AFRA/HIST 35643568362037523753AFRA/HIST/HRTS 3563

Group B: Social and Political Inquiry
AFRA 3025AFRA/ANTH 3152AFRA/HRTS/SOCI 35053825AFRA/POLS 325236423647AFRA/POLS/WGSS 3652AFRA 3033/PP 3033/POLS 3633AFRA/PSYC 3106AFRA/SOCI 3501

Group C: Literature and the Arts
AFRA/DRAM 3131/WAFRA/DRAM 3132AFRA/ENGL 2214/W

Group D: Related Courses
History
HIST 35103554HIST/HRTS 32013202HIST 3575/HRTS 3221/LLAS 3221HIST 3674/LLAS 3220HIST/URBN 3541HIST/WGSS 35613562

Literature and the Arts
ANTH 3450WARTH 3645AASI/ENGL 3212COMM 4422COMM/LLAS 4320ECON 2444ENGL 32103218/W36094203WFREN 3218MUSI 3421W

Social and Political Inquiry
AASI 3221/HRTS 3571/SOCI 3221AASI 3222/HRTS 3573/SOCI 3222COMM 3321/LLAS 3264/WGSS 3260ECON 2444HDFS 2001HRTS/POLS 3807HRTS/SOCI 3421INTD 3584POLS 299834063255POLS 3662/LLAS 3270POLS/URBN 3632WPOLS/WGSS 3216SOCI 2827250334293701WGSS 2267

Variable Content
AFRA 329532993898
AFRA 2214W or AFRA 4994W satisfies the Information Literacy Competency and Writing in the Major requirements.

The major is administered by the Africana Studies Institute. For information, contact Dr. Melina Pappademos (melina.pappademos@uconn.edu) and Dr. Fiona Vernal (fiona.vernal@uconn.edu).