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

Major Plan of Study

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.

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.

All majors must take AFRA 3211, and in their senior year AFRA 4994W.
Group A – History AFRA/HIST 35643568362037523753AFRA 3224AFRA/HIST/HRTS 3563
Group B – Social and Political Inquiry AFRA/ANTH 30253152AFRA/HRTS/SOCI 35053825AFRA/POLS 325236423647AFRA/POLS/WGSS 3652AFRA 3033/PP 3033/POLS 3633;AFRA/PSYC 3106AFRA/SOCI 3501
Group C – Literature and the Arts AFRA/DRAM 3131/WAFRA/ENGL 3214W3216WMUSI 3611
Group D – Related Courses HistoryHIST 35103554HIST/HRTS 32013202HIST 3575/HRTS 3221/LLAS 3221HIST 3674/LLAS 3220HIST/URBN 3541HIST/WGSS 35613562
Literature and the ArtsANTH 3450ARTH 3645AASI/ENGL 3212COMM 4422COMM/LLAS 4320ECON 2444ENGL 32103218/W36094203WFREN 3218MUSI 3421W
Social and Political InquiryAASI 3221/HRTS 3571/SOCI 3221AASI 3222/HRTS 3573/SOCI 3222COMM 3321/LLAS 3264/WGSS 3260ECON 2444HDFS 2001HRTS/POLS 3807HRTS/SOCI 34213429INTD 3584POLS 299834063255POLS 3662/LLAS 3270POLS/URBN 3632WPOLS/WGSS 3216SOCI 282735033701WGSS 2267
AFRA 4994W3214W3216W, or 3131W 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 ( and Dr. Fiona Vernal (