Major and Minor Requirements

Requirements for the BA in Africana Studies (effective August 2015)

30 units in AFAS (including a minimum of 18 units upper division as follows):

Foundations (3 courses – 9 units): 

  • AFAS 200: Introduction to Africana Studies
  • AFAS 209: African American History (1440-1877)
  • AFAS/SOC 220: Introduction to African American Studies

Research Methods (1 course – 3 units):

  • AFAS 302: Africana Studies Research Approaches

Capstone (1 course – 3 units):

  • AFAS 498: Senior Capstone

Students are strongly encouraged to complete one approved study abroad experience and/or one approved internship prior to taking AFAS 498 (Senior Capstone). Approved student credit hours received via study abroad and/or internship may count toward the BA in Africana Studies.

Students may choose from one of three thematic areas, or they may mix and match courses from two or more areas. The Thematic areas are: African American History, Culture & Aesthetics; Comparative Global African Diaspora; and Performance, Media, & Digital Africana Studies. 

You can choose to complete 15 units in one of the following thematic areas, or create your own pathway through the major by mixing or matching courses from two or more areas. A minimum of 12 units must be upper division, among which 3 units must be at the 400 level.

Thematic Area  1: African American History, Culture, and Aesthetics

  • AFAS 204: African Diaspora Religion and Culture
  • AFAS 210: African American History (1865-Present)
  • AFAS  222: African American Studies:  A History of Ideas
  • AFAS 224: Models of Resistance, Post 16th Cent. African Liberation Movements in the Southeast
  • AFAS 255: African American Politics
  • AFAS 260: Ethnic Relations in the United States
  • AFAS 304A: The Social Construction of Race:  Whiteness
  • AFAS  304B: The Social Construction of Race: Blackness
  • AFAS 306: African-American Autobiographies:  Women and Their Histories
  • AFAS 320: The African American Slave Narrative: History and Literature
  • AFAS 330: Minority Groups and American Politics
  • AFAS 339: Introduction to African and African-American Art
  • AFAS  340: The Politics of Race and the African Experience
  • AFAS  342: Writers, Women and the Gods
  • AFAS 344: African American Religion
  • AFAS 347: The Old South
  • AFAS 348: The South Since the Civil War
  • AFAS 377: Digital Africana Studies: The Harlem Renaissance
  • AFAS  385: Race and Ethnic Politics in the Post-Civil Rights Era
  • AFAS 420: Nineteenth Century African American Writing
  • AFAS 421: Topics in Africana Studies
  • AFAS 425: Environmental Justice/Environmental Racism
  • AFAS  435: The Coming of the Civil War, U.S. 1845-1861
  • AFAS 436: Civil War and Reconstruction, U.S. 1861-1878
  • AFAS 441: The History of African American Women from Slavery to Freedom
  • AFAS 444: Rethinking Race and Health in the United States
  • AFAS 467: Race and Ethnic Relations
  • AFAS 475: USA & South Africa: Comparative Historical & Political Perspectives
  • AFAS 478: African American Literature
  • AFAS  482: African Americans & U.S. Foreign Policy
  • AFAS 493: Internship
  • AFAS 494: Practicum
  • AFAS  495B: Studies in Black America

Thematic Area 2: Performance, Media, and Digital Africana Studies

  • AFAS  249: Images of Africa
  • AFAS 300: Historical Overview of African and African Diaspora Cinema
  • AFAS 318: Pan African Dance Aesthetics:  Theory and Practice
  • AFAS 335: Rap, Culture and God
  • AFAS 339: Introduction to African and African-American Art
  • AFAS 371: Hip-Hop Cinema
  • AFAS 373: US & Francophone Hip-Hop Cultures
  • AFAS 377: Digital Africana Studies: The Harlem Renaissance
  • AFAS 400: African Aesthetics: Pan-African Dance Language of Liberation
  • AFAS 411: Africana Theatre Aesthetics
  • AFAS 421: Topics in Africana Studies
  • AFAS 439: Blacks in Hollywood
  • AFAS 493: Internship
  • AFAS 494: Practicum

Thematic Area 3: Comparative Global African Diaspora

  • AFAS 204: African Diaspora Religion and Culture
  • AFAS  223: African Philosophical Worlds
  • AFAS 224: Models of Resistance, Post 16th Cent. African Liberation Movements in the Southeast
  • AFAS  230: Introduction to African Literature
  • AFAS  245: African Literature in Translation
  • AFAS  249: Images of Africa
  • AFAS  303: Black Womanist Writers
  • AFAS  305: Motherhood in the African Diaspora
  • AFAS 310: Afro-Latin American Literature
  • AFAS 311D: Geography of Africa
  • AFAS 314: Caribbean Literature and Culture (West Indies)
  • AFAS  329: Cultures and Societies of Africa
  • AFAS 335: Rap, Culture and God
  • AFAS 345: Caribbean Politics
  • AFAS 351: Race and Class in Latin America
  • AFAS 352: Slavery in Latin America
  • AFAS 365: Ancient African Civilizations
  • AFAS 373: US & Francophone Hip-Hop Cultures
  • AFAS  374: The Politics of Protest in Africa and the Diaspora
  • AFAS  376: Global Soccer
  • AFAS 381: African/Indigenous Religions
  • AFAS 421: Topics in Africana Studies
  • AFAS 423: Topics in Caribbean Culture, Literature and Identity
  • AFAS 426: Archaeology of Africa
  • AFAS 433: Managing Diversity
  • AFAS 463: Doing Business In /With Africa: A Cultural Perspective
  • AFAS 467: Race and Ethnic Relations
  • AFAS 468: Government and Politics of Africa
  • AFAS 475: USA & South Africa: Comparative Historical & Political Perspectives
  • AFAS  482: African Americans & U.S. Foreign Policy
  • AFAS 493: Internship
  • AFAS 494: Practicum

 

Minor Requirements

Minor in Africana Studies:

  • 18 units in AFAS (including AFAS 220 & AFAS 302) with at least 9 upper division units.

Minor in Hip-Hop Cultures:

Here are the new Requirements for the Minor in Hip Hop Culture for Fall 2021. 

 (Please note that you are Required to take 9 Units of Upper Division Credit.)

Foundation Core:

Complete 3 units from the following courses:

  • AFAS 200 (3) Introduction to Africana Studies
  • AFAS/SOC 220 (3) Introduction to African American Studies

Hip-Hop Core courses:

Complete 9 units from the following courses:

  • AFAS 218 (3) Introduction to Hip-Hop Dance
  • AFAS 302 (3) Africana Studies Research Approaches
  • AFAS/LAS/RELI 335 (3) Rap, Culture and God
  • AFAS 371 (3) Hip-Hop Cinema
  • AFAS/FREN 373 (3) US & Francophone Hip-Hop Cultures
  • AFAS 439 (3) Blacks in Hollywood

Electives:

Complete 6 units from the following courses:

  • AFAS 200 (3) Introduction to Africana Studies
  • AFAS/SOC 220 (3) Introduction to African American Studies
  • AFAS/ HIST 210 (3) African American History (1865-Present)
  • AFAS 218 (3) Introduction to Hip-Hop Dance
  • AFAS 302 (3) Africana Studies Research Approaches
  • AFAS 318 (3) Pan African Dance Aesthetics: Theory and Practice
  • AFAS/LAS/RELI 335 (3) Rap, Culture and God
  • AFAS 371 (3) Hip-Hop Cinema
  • AFAS/FREN 373 (3) US & Francophone Hip-Hop Cultures
  • AFAS 439 (3) Blacks in Hollywood
  • DNC 178A (1) Beginning Hip-Hop Dance Technique
  • DNC 178B (1) Hip-Hip Dance Technique Limited Experience
  • DNC 178C (1) Intermediate Hip-Hip Dance Technique
  • FTV 302 (3) Recording Studio Production
  • MUS 100 (3) Basic Musicianship
  • MUS 109 (3) Rock and American Popular Music
  • MUS 231 (3) Jazz History
  • MUS 302 (3) Recording Studio Production

To declare a major or minor in Africana Studies or in hip-hop cultures, please email your student ID# to Dr. Praise Zenenga at zen08@email.arizona.edu.

Minor in Intercultural Studies

For requirements for this minor click HERE

To declare a minor in Intercultural Studies, please email your student ID# to Dr. Alain-Philippe Durand at adurand@email.arizona.edu.

 

Requirements for the BA in Africana Studies (for students who declared a major prior to August 2015):

36 units in AFAS as follows:

Foundations (2 courses)

AFAS 209 African American History (1440-1877)
AFAS/SOC 220 Introduction to African American Studies

Capstone

AFAS 498 (3 units)

Research Methods (2 courses)

AFAS 302 Africana Studies Research Approaches
AFAS/GWS/HIST 306 African-American Autobiographies: Women and Their Histories

Upper Division

Complete 21 units of focused study to be determined in consultation with your faculty mentor.

 

Ready to Declare?

Thank you for your interest in Africana Studies. Declare an Africana Studies major or minor in person or online.

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Meet in person with a faculty advisor or make an appointment with the College of Humanities Academic Advising Center.

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Complete the online Major/Minor declaration form (NetID required). A faculty advisor will follow up to schedule a meeting. If you do not hear from a faculty advisor within a week, please contact the College of Humanities Academic Advising Center (cohadv@email.arizona.edu).

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