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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. 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 key 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:

  • 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

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: African-American History to 1865

 

HIST 356: African-American History Since 1865

 

ANTH/HIST 436. Afro-Latin America

 

Choose four or more of the following courses, at least one

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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/GHUM 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

 

GENG 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

 

GHUM 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

 


 

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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. Please 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 the prior approval of the program coordinator.