Africana Studies Major Requirements

(Also see Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree.)

Students who choose to major in Africana Studies must complete at least 33 credit hours of course work in three areas of Africana Studies—African and African Diaspora Studies, African American Studies, and Urban Studies. All courses must be taken for a letter grade and be completed with a grade of C- or better. 

Core Courses
Select three of the following:9
Introduction to Africana Studies
Introduction to History of Africa (since 1880)
Introduction to African History: Diversity, Mobility, Innovation
Introduction to African American Studies
Electives
Twelve credits of 300-level or higher Africana Studies courses 12
Twelve credits at any level of Africana Studies courses 12
Total Credits33

Sample Program of Study

First Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
Core course #13Core course #23
 3 3
Second Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
Core course #33Africana studies course at any level3
Africana studies course at any level3Africana studies course at any level3
 6 6
Third Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
Africana studies course at 300-level or higher3Africana course at any level3
Africana studies course at 300-level or higher3 
 6 3
Fourth Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
Africana studies course at 300-level or higher3Africana studies course at 300-level or higher3
 3 3
Total Credits 33

Honors

To be considered for honors in Africana Studies, students should have strong academic records and a promising potential research project. Honors students are required to undertake a two-semester independent course of study in their senior year during which they will prepare an honors thesis in consultation with a faculty advisor in the student’s particular area of interest. For the first semester of honors, students may take either a senior honors seminar in a relevant discipline, subject to approval from the director of undergraduate studies, or an independent study with a faculty member of their choice (AS.362.510: Senior Thesis in Africana Studies I). Upon successful completion of the first semester of honors, students will take an independent study (AS.362.511: Senior Thesis in Africana Studies II) in their second semester. Both semesters of Senior Thesis in Africana Studies may count as electives toward the Africana studies major or minor. Those interested in pursuing honors should submit an application, including a research topic proposal, by May of their junior year.