The major in African Studies requires the successful completion of 12 courses for 36 credits. Eight courses are required and four are electives.

The eight required courses constitute an Africana Core with requirements in Theory; History and Literature; Methodology; and the Capstone. Students must earn a 2.0 or better in the major or minor to complete the degree, and only two online courses may be used to satisfy these requirements. 

Download the Africana Major Worksheet (PDF). The worksheet covers requirements effective Fall 2015.

Core Courses

Theory: three courses (nine credits)

  • Intro to Africana Studies
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Pan Africanist Theory and Thought

History and Literature: three courses (nine credits)

  • Pre-Colonial Africa or Africa Since 1800
  • African American History I or African American History II
  • Early African American Literature or Modern African American Literature

Methodology: one course (three credits)

  • 50:509:299 Perspectives in History (three credits)
  • 50:790:391 Quantitative Methods in Political Science (three credits)
  • 50:830:215 Statistics for Social Science (three credits)
  • 50:920:301 Methods and Techniques of Social Research (three credits)
  • 50:960:183 Elementary Applied Statistics (R) (three credits)

Capstone: one course (three credits)

  1. Additional course (300-level or higher)
  2. Independent study (with permission of program director and instructor)
  3. Graduate seminar (with permission of program director and instructor)
  4. Internship (with permission of program director and instructor)

Capstone: Any 300-level (or higher) Africana course can satisfy the capstone requirement, but if a student would like to use an independent study, graduate seminar, or internship to meet this requirement, they should consult with the program director. A 300-level course may count as a capstone after 18 credits (six classes) have been taken in the major.  


Students will take four courses with subject code 014 for 12 credits total. At least two courses should be 300-level or higher. 

Students may not use the same course(s) to meet both the Africana Core requirements and the elective requirements.