2019-2020 Catalog

Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree

See the “Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree” in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

Elective Requirements

Completion of elective courses (beyond the requirements listed below) to reach a total of a minimum of 120 units.

General Education Requirements (49 units)

See the “General Education” requirements in the University Catalog or the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education requirements and course offerings.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

See the “Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement” in the University Catalog.

Major Requirements (45 units)

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.

Recommended Course:

AFS 212Introduction to Comparative Ethnic and Global Societies

3

A. Lower Division Requirements (12 units)

1. Lower Division Required Courses (9 units):

AFS 200Intro to Africana Studies

3

AFS 201African World Civilizations

3

AFS 241 History of African World People: 1450-1888

3

2. Select one course from the following (3 units):

AFS 220African World Peoples and Societies

3

AFS 231Africana Literary Traditions

3

AFS 242 History of African World People: 1888-Present

3

B. Theory and Research Methods (6 units):

AFS 305Theories and Approaches in AFS

3

AFS 306Research Methods in Africana Studies

3

C. Capstone Requirement (3 units):

AFS 490Seminar in Africana Studies

3

D. Service Learning in Africana Studies (3 units):

AFS 496Internship

3

E. Electives (6 units)

Note: These electives cannot double count for upper division GE’s

Key Movements

AFS 331Key Movements: African Literature and Culture

3

AFS 332Key Movements: Harlem Renaissance

3

AFS 333Black Movements of the Sixties

3

AFS 334African Culture and Art

3

Cultural Pluralism

AFS 310The African American Experience in the US

3

AFS 311Afro Latinidad and the Caribbean

3

AFS 312Cultural Plurlism: Ethnic and Global Society

3

F. Concentration Requirements (15 units)

The Department of Africana Studies offers three specialized concentrations and a general concentration area that allow students majoring in Africana studies to specialize in particular areas. All students must complete five courses in one concentration area with the approval of their advisor and chair of the Department of Africana Studies.

1. General Africana Studies Concentration

This concentration allows students to design their own concentration area.  However, a student selecting the general Africana Studies concentration must have his or her program approved by the advisor and chair of Africana Studies.  Related seminar may be chosen from other disciplines with the approval of the advisor and chair of Africana Studies.

2. Historical and Political Development Concentration

This concentration focuses on examining African peoples, societies, and nations from the perspective of their historical and political experiences from antiquity to the present.  The concentration covers ancient civilizations, institutional formation, political thought, political and economic systems; leadership, ethnicity, race, color and gender relationships; and local, national, regional and international politics in Africana societies and nations.  Related seminar may be chosen from other disciplines with the approval of the advisor and the chair of Africana Studies.

 

 

A. Select three courses from the following (9 units):

HIS 343African American History from Africa to Reconstruction

3

or

HIS 360African History to the 1880's

3

HIS 344African American History: Reconstruction to the Present

3

Or

HIS 361 African History from the Colonial Era to the Present

3

AFS 310The African American Experience in the US

3

Or

AFS 311Afro Latinidad and the Caribbean

3

Or

AFS 312Cultural Plurlism: Ethnic and Global Society

3

B. Select two courses from the following (6 units):

AFS 423Africana Leaders Seminar

3

Or

POL 349Government and Politics in Sub-Saharan Africa

3

AFS 424Africana Political Thought

3

Or

PHI 371African World Religions

3

NOTE: AFS 395, AFS 494, AFS 495, AFS 497, AFS 498, AFS 499 and courses offered in other departments may be used to satisfy the concentration’s requirements with approval of the advisor and chair.

3. Language and Literary Traditions Concentration

This concentration focuses on examining various forms of Africana communication and modes of literary productions.  It covers Africana oral and written traditions associated with key literary and historical movement.

 

 

A. Select three courses from the following (9 units):

AFS 330Africana Literature and Culture

3

AFS 331Key Movements: African Literature and Culture

3

AFS 332Key Movements: Harlem Renaissance

3

AFS 333Black Movements of the Sixties

3

AFS 334African Culture and Art

3

or

ENG 317Sociolinguistics: Black English

3

PHI 370 Philosophies of Africa and the African Diaspora

3

Or

PHI 371African World Religions

3

B. Select two courses from the following (6 units):

AFS 301Africana Music through the 19th Century

3

Or

ENG 343African-American Poetry and Drama

3

ENG 344African-American Prose

3

Or

MUS 401Afro American Music

3

AFS 499Senior Project

3 units

NOTE:  AFS 395, AFS 494, AFS 495, AFS 497, AFS 498, AFS 499 and courses offered in other departments may be used to satisfy the concentration’s requirements with approval of the advisor and chair.

4. Socio-Psychological Behavior Concentration

This concentration examines the socio-psychological behaviors and organizational dynamics of Africana society and community life.  The concentration focuses on the study of individual and collective identity, family relations, social organization and cultural practices as bases for intellectual exploration into the Africana social and cultural system.  Related seminar may be chosen from other disciplines with the approval of the advisor and chair of Africana Studies.
 

 

A. Required courses (9 units):

AFS 423Africana Leaders Seminar

3

PSY 382Psychological Development of the Black Child

3

PSY 383Black Psychology

3

B. Select two courses from the following (6 units):

PHI 371African World Religions

3

SOC 331Minority Racial and Ethnic Relations

3

or

SOC 383Black Communities: Class, Status and Power

3

AFS 499Senior Project

3 units

NOTE: AFS 395, AFS 494, AFS 495, AFS 497, AFS 498, AFS 499 and courses offered in other departments may be used to satisfy the concentration’s requirements with approval of the advisor and chair.