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Minor Curriculum

The minor program in Africana studies is open to all undergraduate students at JMU. Courses taken to complete the Africana studies minor can also be used to satisfy the student’s major, as well as General Education requirements.

The Africana studies minor requires:

  • Successful completion of 19 credit hours according to the requirements listed below.
  • No more than nine hours from a single discipline.

Required Courses                    

Credit Hours

AFST 200. Introduction to Africana Studies

            3

AFST 489. Senior Research Experience2

            1

Choose five, one of which must be at the 400 level.

            15

AFST 400. Selected Topics in Africana Studies

           

ANTH 280. Peoples and Cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa

           

ANTH 391. Study Abroad (must be in Africa or in Diaspora)1

 

ANTH 395. Special Topics1

           

ARTH 210/HUM 252. African Experience

           

ARTH 310. African Art: The Sahara and Northern Sahel

           

ARTH 312. African Art: Sub-Saharan

           

ARTH 418. Modern and Contemporary African Art

           

ARTH 419. Topics in African Art

           

ARTH 424. Arts of Ancient Egypt

           

ARTH/AFST 488. African American Art

           

ARTH 489. Topics in Art History1

           

ENG 260. Survey of African American Literature

           

ENG 358. Oral Literature1

           

ENG 361. African American Fiction Writers

           

ENG 362. African American Poets

           

ENG 408. Advanced Studies in African American Literature

           

ENG 412. Special Topics Seminar1

           

ENG 431. Studies in Caribbean Literature

           

ENG 432. Studies in African Literature

           

GEOG 335. Geography of Africa

           

GEOG 339. Geography of the Caribbean

           

HUM 252. Global Cultures: African Culture in the Humanities1

           

HIST 263. Introduction to African History

           

HIST 307. The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

           

HIST 341. Selected Topics in World History (when appropriate)

           

HIST 355. African-American History to 1865

           

HIST 356. African-American History Since 1865

           

HIST 361. Class and Ethnicity in Africa

 

HIST 391. Study Abroad (must be in Africa or in Diaspora)1

           

HIST/ANTH 436. Afro-Latin America

           

HIST 439. Selected Topics in American History1

           

HIST 470. Modern Africa

           

HIST 489. Selected Topics in World History1, 2

           

MUS 356. History of Jazz in America

           

POSC 326. Civil Rights

           

POSC 353. African Politics

           

POSC 361. Contemporary Problems in International Affairs1

           

REL 330. Religions of Africa and the African Diaspora

           

REL 336. African-American Religions

 

SOCI 336. Race and Ethnic Relations

           

SOCI 354. Social Inequity

           

SOCI 391. Study Abroad (must be in Africa or in Diaspora)1

           

SWA 101-490. Kiswahili

           


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1 Course topic and content must focus on the peoples of Africa and/or the African Diasporas as well as be approved by the program coordinator(s).

2 Research must have an African and/or African Diaspora focus.

Other appropriate courses not listed above may be considered for the minor. Consult with program coordinator.

In addition to taking these courses, students are encouraged to participate in travel or study programs to Africa, the Caribbean and other relevant areas. Students who want to earn credit hours through participation in an accredited travel/study program are encouraged to do so with prior approval of the coordinator.