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Dr. Lamont King
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Africana Studies

The minor in Africana studies broadens students' world perspectives by enhancing their acquaintance with and understanding of the peoples, issues of identities and institutions of Africa as well as the African Diaspora in the western hemisphere. The Africana program engages cross disciplinary approaches to understand and to encounter Africa and the African Diaspora in a global context. The cross disciplinary character of the program is further enhanced by the fact that courses taken to fulfill program requirements are drawn from several departments. From these course offerings, students will examine and engage with some of Africana studies major contributing disciplines, concepts, methods and topics including the development of new identities.

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:

Required Courses

Required Courses
Credit Hours
GAFST 200. Introduction to Africana Studies
3
AFST 489. Senior Research Experience 2
1
Choose one from each of the following options:
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     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. Afro-American History to 1865
          HIST 356. Afro-American History Since 1865
          ANTH/HIST 436. Afro-Latin America
Choose four or more of the following courses, at least one of which
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must be at the 400-level.
     ANTH 391. Study Abroad (must be in Africa or in Diaspora) 1, 3
     ANTH 395. Special Topics 1, 3
     ARTH 210/GHUM 252. African Experience
     ARTH 410. African Art I
     ARTH 412. African Art II
     ARTH 419. Topics in African Art
     ARTH 489. Topics in Art History: African-American Art
     ARTH 489. Topics in Art and Art History
     ENG 358. Oral Literature 1, 3
     ENG 361. African-American Fiction Writers
     ENG 362. African-American Poets
     ENG 412. Special Topics Seminar 1
     ENG 431. Studies in Caribbean Literature
     ENG 432. Studies in African Literature
     GENG 260. Survey of African-American Literature
     GEOG 335. Geography of Africa
     HUM 252. Cross-Cultural Perspective: African Culture in the Humanities 1, 3
     HIST 263. Introduction to African History
     HIST 307. The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
     HIST 341. Selected Topics in World History (when appropriate)
     HIST 355. Afro-American History to 1865
     HIST 356. Afro-American History Since 1865
     HIST 361/HON 200J. Class and Ethnicity in Africa
     HIST 391. Study Abroad (must be in Africa or in Diaspora) 1, 3
     HIST/ANTH 436. Afro-Latin America
     HIST 439. Selected Topics in American History 1, 3
     HIST 470. Modern Africa
     HIST 489. Selected Topics in World History 2, 3
     MUS 356. History of Jazz in America
     POSC 326. Civil Rights
     POSC 353. African Politics
     POSC 361. Contemporary Problems in International Affairs 1, 3
     REL 330. African and African-American Religion
     SOCI 336. Race and Ethnic Relations
     SOCI 354. Social and Cultural Stratification
     SOCI 378. Introduction to Africa-Centered Critical Theory
     SOCI 379. Africentric Social Thought
     SOCI 391. Study Abroad (must be in Africa or in Diaspora) 1, 3
     SWA 102. Elementary Kiswahili

 
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1 Course topic and content must focus on Africa and be approved by the program director.
2 Research must have an African, African-American or Diaspora focus.
3 Course topic and content must focus on African descendants in the Western Hemisphere and be approved by the program director(s).

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 the prior approval of the program director. Intermediate Swahili courses may count for credit in Africana Studies.

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