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:
     

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

Additional curriculum requirements:

Required for the major—39 credits:
AFST 1001Introduction to Africana Studies (taken within three semesters of declaring the major)
African American studies:
HIST 3360African American History to 1865
SOC 2179Race and Minority Relations
ENGL 3570Nineteenth-Century Black Literature
or ENGL 3950 Cultural Theory and Black Studies
Another course from the following designated courses: *
AMST 2440The American City
ENGL 3940Topics in African American Literary Studies
ENGL 3945African American Poetry
HIST 3360African American History to 1865
HIST 3361African American History Since 1865
HIST 3362African American Women’s History
HIST 2312The American Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877
MUS 1108History of Jazz
MUS 3175Topics in Music History and Literature
SOC 2151Jackie Robinson: Race, Sports, and the American Dream
SOC 2170Class and Inequality in American Society
SOC 2179Race and Minority Relations
SOC 2169Urban Sociology
Four courses in African studies:
ANTH 3708Anthropology of Africa
HIST 3520Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World
or HIST 3540 West Africa to Independence
Two additional courses from the following list of designated courses *
HIST 3501Topics: Africa
HIST 3510African History to 1880
HIST 3520Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World
HIST 3530Women in Africa
HIST 3540West Africa to Independence
ANTH 3801African Roots from Australopithecus to Zimbabwe
IAFF 2093Africa: Problems and Prospects
PSC 2381Comparative Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa
PSC 2482African International Politics
FREN 3300Topics in French and Francophone Literatures and Cultures in Translation
FREN 3560Topics in Contemporary Francophone Literature and Cinema
GEOG 3154Geography of the Middle East and North Africa
GEOG 3164The Geography of Africa
Two courses in Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean studies:
HIST 3710History of Latin America I
Another course from the following list of designated courses *
ENGL 3920U.S. Latina/o Literature and Culture
ENGL 3930Topics in U.S. Latina/o Literature and Culture
FREN 3300Topics in French and Francophone Literatures and Cultures in Translation
FREN 3560Topics in Contemporary Francophone Literature and Cinema
GEOG 3161Geography of Latin America
IAFF 2090Latin America: Problems and Promise
HIST 3711History of Latin America II
SPAN 3600Special Topics
An upper-division course in gender studies from the following list of designated courses (this course may also count toward one of the above categories) *
ANTH 2501The Anthropology of Gender: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
HIST 3530Women in Africa
HIST 3362African American Women’s History
PHIL 2125Philosophy of Race and Gender
REL 3481Women in Islam
One additional course from above or from the following:
AMST 2020Washington, DC: History, Culture, and Politics
AMST 2410Twentieth Century U.S. Immigration
ENGL 1610Introduction to Black American Literature I
ENGL 1611Introduction to Black American Literature II
HIST 2803The Ancient Near East and Egypt to 322 B.C
REL 3475Islamic Religion and Art
REL 3414Islamic Philosophy and Theology
GEOG 2133People, Land, and Food
GEOG 2141Cities in the Developing World

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.