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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


AFST 489. Senior Research Experience 2


Choose one from each of the following options:


Option I: Africa


HIST 263. Introduction to African History


ANTH 280. Peoples and Cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa


Option II: African Descendants in the New World


HIST 355: African-American History to 1865


HIST 356: African-American History Since 1865


ANTH/HIST 436. Afro-Latin America


Choose three of the following courses, one of which must be at the 400 level.


AFST 400. Selected Topics in Africana Studies


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


ANTH 395. Special Topics 1


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 History 1


ENG 260. Survey of African American Literature


ENG 358. Oral Literature 1


ENG 361. African American Fiction Writers


ENG 362. African American Poets


ENG 408. Advanced Studies in African American Literature


ENG 412. Special Topics Seminar 1


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. Cross-Cultural Perspective: African Culture in the Humanities 1


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


HIST/ANTH 436. Afro-Latin America


HIST 439. Selected Topics in American History 1


HIST 470. Modern Africa


HIST 489. Selected Topics in World History 1,2


MUS 356. History of Jazz in America


POSC 326. Civil Rights


POSC 353. African Politics


POSC 361. Contemporary Problems in International Affairs 1


REL 330. African and African-American Religion


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




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.