Major in Africana Studies

The major is divided into three primary areas of study:

  • African American Studies
  • African Studies
  • Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies
     

Requirements

  1. The general requirements stated under the Columbian College of Arts and Science.
     
  2. The major will consist of 39 hours total, which must be comprised of AFST 1001, 30 hours of 2000-3000-level coursework, and 3 hours of electives from pre-approved list or by consent of the Africana Studies director. Appropriate special topics or 700 courses may be selected with approval of the advisor. Variations by consent of the director.
     
  3. Students must take AFST 1001: Introduction to Africana Studies within the first two years of declaring the major.
     
  4. (a) Students must complete four courses in African American Studies: HIST 3360, SOC 2179, ENGL 3940/3945/3950/3970, and one other course from the following list:

    American Studies
    AMST 0772  Race, American Medicine, and Public Health
    AMST 2440  The American City

    English
    ENGL 3570  19th Century Black Literature of the Americas
    ENGL 3940  Topics in African American Literary Studies
    ENGL 3950  Cultural Theory and Black Studies

    History
    HIST 3312  Civil War and Reconstruction
    HIST 3360  African American History
    HIST 3361  Special Topics in African American History
    HIST 3362  Black Women in U.S. History

    Music
    MUS 1108  The History of Jazz
    MUS 3175  Musical Cultures of Black Americans

    Sociology
    SOC 2151  Jackie Robinson: Race, Sport and the American Dream
    SOC 2169  Urban Sociology
    SOC 2170  Class and Inequality
    SOC 2179  Race and Minority Relations

    (b) Students must complete four courses in African Studies: HIST 3520/3540, ANTH 3708, and one other course from the following list:

    History
    HIST 3501  Topics in African History since 1880
    HIST 3510  African History to 1880
    HIST 3520  Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World
    HIST 3530  Women in Africa
    HIST 3540  West Africa to Independence

    Anthropology
    ANTH 3708  Cultures of Africa
    ANTH 3801  African Roots from Australopithecus to Zimbabwe

    International Affairs and Political Science
    IAFF 2093  Africa: Problems and Prospects
     PSC 2381  Comparative Politics of Middle and Southern Africa
     PSC 2482  African International Politics

    French
    FREN 3330  Topics in French and Francophone Literatures and Cultures in Translation (regional emphasis varies, by permission of director)
    FREN 3560  Topics in Twentieth Century Francophone Literature and Cultures (instruction in French; regional emphasis varies, by permission of director)

    Geography
    GEOG 3154  The Geography of the Middle East and North Africa
    GEOG 3164  The Geography of Africa

    (c) Students must take two courses in Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies: HIST 3711 and one other course from the following list:

    English
    ENGL 3920  U.S. Latina/o Literature and Culture (topics vary, by permission of director)
    ENGL 3930  Topics in U.S. Latina/o Literature and Culture

    French
    FREN 3330  Topics in French and Francophone Literatures and Cultures in Translation (regional emphasis varies, by permission of director)
    FREN 3560  Topics in Twentieth Century Francophone Literature and Cultures (instruction in French; regional emphasis varies, by permission of director)

    Geography
    GEOG 3161  The Geography of Latin America

    History
    HIST 3711  The History of Latin America

    International Affairs and Political Science
    IAFF 2090  Latin America: Problems and Promises
     PSC 2383  Comparative Politics of Latin America

    Spanish
    SPAN 3010  Afro-Latin America in the Diaspora (bilingual, must comprehend Spanish)
    SPAN 3600  Literatura y Cultura del Caribe (instruction in Spanish)
     
  5. Major must include one 3000 level course in Gender or Women's Studies:

    ANTH 2501  The Anthropology of Gender: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
    HIST 3362  Black Women in U.S. History
    HIST 3530  Women in Africa
    PHIL 2125  Philosophy of Race and Gender
     REL 3481  Women in Islam
     
  6. Students will complete the major with one additional elective from the courses listed above or from this list of approved courses. Other courses may be taken for electives with approval of Director of Africana Studies.

    AMST 2020  Washington D.C.: History, Culture and Politics
    AMST 2410  20th Century Immigration
    ENGL 1610/1611  Literature of Black America I and II - Intro to Black American Literature
    GEOG 2133  People, Land and Food (regional emphasis varies, by permission of director)
    GEOG 2141  Cities in the Developing World (regional emphasis varies, by permission of director)
    HIST 2803  The Near East and Egypt to 322 B.C.
    IAFF 3096  Islam, Culture and Society
     REL 3414  Islamic Philosophy and Theology
     REL 3475  Islamic Religion and Art

Partnerships and Opportunities

Because of GW's location in Washington, D.C., there are many opportunities for those interested in issues pertaining to Africana Studies. Students can take advantage of community resources such as museums (e.g. National Museum of African Art, Anacostia Community Museum, and the future National Museum of African American History and Culture), non-government organizations and advocacy groups, libraries and research centers (e.g. Library of Congress, Howard University's Moorland Springarn Research Center), the University consortium, and other organizations.

Africana Studies, Partnerships and Opportunities

Resources

The Africana Research Center is a part of the Special Collections Research Center in Gelman Library. The collection provides an opportunity to examine African American history and culture by acquiring and preserving resources that support the study and research of the African American experience.