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Africana Studies

College of Liberal Arts

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Africana Studies Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies (code B/STBA01) (120 units)

Requirements

A minimum of 39 units is required for the major in Africana Studies; 12 lower division and 27 upper division units. The distribution of courses within Africana Studies affords the students the opportunity for in-depth exploration of either African American Studies or Continental African Studies areas or a combination of the two, as well as other Diasporan studies, the e.g., Caribbean basin.

Lower Division (12 units)

Take the following course:

    • AFRS 110 Introduction to Africana Studies (3)

Take one of the following:

    • AFRS 120 African American History to 1865 (3)
    • AFRS 121 African American Hist 1865-Present (3)

Take 6 units electives, select one course from the following groups:

Group A (Social Science):

    • AFRS 115, 120, 150, 154, 200, 201, 210

Group B (Humanities):

    • AFRS 140, 155, 160, 170A, 170B, 180, 205, 240, 255

Upper Division Core (27 units):

Take all of the following courses:

    • AFRS 330 Politics of African American Community (3)
    • AFRS 335 Economic Development in the African American Community (3)
    • AFRS 495 Research Methods in Africana Studies (3)

Take one of the following:

    • AFRS 332 Civil Rights and the Law (3)
    • AFRS 354 African American Women and Civil Rights Movement (3)

Take electives (15 units), one or more selected from the following groups:

  • Group A (Social Sciences):
    • AFRS 304; 310, 319, 325, 331, 332, 337, 345, 404, 410, 430
  • Group B (Humanities):
    • AFRS 343A, 343B, 346, 353I, 363, 370, 415
  • Group C (Theory):
    • AFRS 380, 400I, 454I, 460, 475, 498I

Certificate in Africana Studies (code B/STCT01)

Students majoring in other departments of the University but interested in Africana Studies may concurrently pursue this certificate. Courses used to meet the certificate requirement may, where applicable, also be used simultaneously to meet General Education requirements or the major and minor requirements of cooperating departments.

Requirements

1. A major in another academic discipline. Certificate can be completed prior to or simultaneously with completion of the B.A. requirement.

2. A minimum of 24 units of which at least 12 must be in upper-division courses, with two or more courses selected from each of the following:

  • Group A: AFRS 110, 154, 210, 325, 330, 332, 335, 370, 420
  • Group B: AFRS 160, 343A, 346, 363, 450
  • Group C. AFRS 120, 121, 200, 201, 304, 330, 337, 354, 400I, 410, 454I

Minor in Africana Studies (code B/STUM01)

Requirements

The Minor in Africana Studies is open to any non-Africana Studies majors.

The Minor in Africana Studies requires a minimum of 24 units of which at least 12 units must be in upper-division courses.

Take two or more courses from each of the following:

  • Group A: AFRS 120, 121, 154, 200, 201, 210, 304, 310, 325, 330, 332, 335, 354, 370, 400I, 404, 410, 420, 430
  • Group B: AFRS 140, 155, 160, 180, 205, 255, 337, 343A, 343B, 346, 353I, 363, 370, 415, 450, 454I, 475, 498I

Take the following core course:

    • AFRS 110 Introduction to Africana Studies (3)
    • AFRS 495 Research Methods in Africana Studies (3)