Africana Studies Minor

Taking as its central mission the study of peoples of African descent on the continent and in the diaspora, the Africana Studies minor seeks a nuanced and interdisciplinary understanding of the human experience. The Africana Studies minor 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 minor 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 Africana Studies Institute’s mission to facilitate respect and positive intersocial relationships within the university community.

In addition to AFRA 2211, you must choose any courses from any three of the Five Curricular Areas (Black History, Black Diasporic and Global Perspectives, Race, Society and Health, Black Arts, Literature, and Culture, Black Politics and Social Justice) and one additional course from any AFRA curricular area, including variable topics, special topics, or independent study.

Africana Studies Theories and Methods (required) AFRA 2211.

1. Black History

AFRA/HIST 3025, AFRA/HIST 3206, AFRA/ANTH 3512, AFRA/HIST 3563, AFRA/HIST 3564, AFRA/HIST 3569, AFRA/HIST 3618, AFRA/HIST 3619W, AFRA/HIST 3753.

2. Black Diasporic and Global Perspectives

AFRA/HIST/LLAS 2621; AFRA/HIST 2752; AFRA/ANTH 3155; AFRA/HIST/LLAS 3208; AFRA 3224/HIST 3770; AFRA/HIST 3620.

3. Race, Society, and Health

AFRA/SOCI 2250; AFRA/COGS 2345; AFRA/SOCI 2461, AFRA/SOCI 2510, AFRA/SOCI 2520; AFRA/HDFS/WGSS 3042; AFRA/PSYC 3106; AFRA/ANTH 3152, AFRA/ANTH 3320.

4. Black Arts, Literature, and Culture

AFRA/ENGL2214/W; AFRA/ARTH 3050/W; AFRA/DRAM 3131/W; AFRA/DRAM 3132; AFRA/ENGL 3213/W, AFRA/ENGL 3215/W, AFRA/ENGL 3217/W; AFRA/HIST/AMST 3568.

5. Black Politics and Social Justice

AFRA/SOCI/HRTS 2530; AFRA/POLS/PP 3033; AFRA/POLS 3252, AFRA/POLS 3642, AFRA/POLS 3647, AFRA/POLS 3652.

6. Special, Variable and Independent Topics

AFRA 3295, 3299, 3898.

The minor is administered by the Africana Studies Institute. For information, contact Dr. Melina Pappademos.

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