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Major in Afro-American Studies

Sonia Sanchez and various undergraduate studentsThe major in Afro-American Studies requires that a student complete a minimum of eleven (11) courses in the Du Bois Department in addition to AfroAm 365: Junior Year Writing. In their final year, students take a two-semester capstone sequence: AfroAm 494DI: The Du Bois Senior Seminar (offered in the FALL only), and AfroAm 496: The Du Bois Senior Project. Senior projects can be thesis papers or another type of project designed in consultation with a faculty advisor from the department. Independent study credits do not count toward the major requirements.

*Note: Only one departmental course may satisfy the Gen. Ed. Requirement (for Primary Majors only)

I. Introduction    (1 course)

  • 101 Introduction to Black Studies

II. Introductory Sequence (4 courses)

Humanities Group (2 courses required)

  • 111 Survey of African Art
  • 113 Aesthetics of Afro-American Art
  • 117 Survey of Afro-American Literature I
  • 118 Survey of Afro-American Literature II
  • 151 Culture and Literature
  • 155 Concepts in Afro-American Music I
  • 156 Concepts in Afro-American Music II
  • MUSIC 102 Afro-American Music
  • MUSIC 103 History of Jazz

History & Social Sciences Group (2 courses required)

  • 132 Afro-American History, 1619-1860
  • 133 Afro-American History, Civil War to 1954
  • 161 Introduction to Afro-American Political Science
  • ECON 144 Political Economy of Racism
  • HISTORY 160 History of Africa to 1500
  • HISTORY 161 History of Africa since 1500

III. Advanced Sequence (4 courses)

Four courses at the 200-400 level (History, Social Sciences, Literature, Creative and Performing Arts)

IV. Junior Year Writing (1 course)

  • 365 Composition: Style and Organization 

V. Senior Seminar Sequence (2 courses)

Both courses required for primary and secondary AfroAm majors: open to juniors and seniors

  • 494DI  Du Bois Senior Seminar, 3 credits  (IE designation, Fall offering only)
  • 496 Independent Project, 3 credits 

Courses taught in other Five College departments or programs may count towards the major. Please contact department office or Chief Undergraduate Advisor.

  • ANTHRO 382                Caribbean Cultures
  • ANTHRO 470                Cultures of Africa
  • ANTHRO 497AA            African American Anthropology
  • FRNCH STDS  564        Literature of Africa and the Caribbean
  • JOURN 310                    The Press and the Third World
  • POLSCI 307                   Black Politics
  • POLSCI 341                   Government and Politics of Central America and the Caribbean
  • POLSCI 343                   Government and Politics of East Africa
  • POLSCI 345                   Revolutionary Nationalism and Imperialism in the Caribbean
  • POLSCI 346                   Government and Politics of West Africa
  • POLSCI 397                   Comparative Politics of Cuba, Puerto Rico and Haiti    
  • SOC 340                         Race Relations
  • SOC 397                         Martin Luther King Jr., and the Civil Rights Movement
  • WOST 292                      Black Women in U.S. History
  • WOST 394                      Black Feminist/Womanist Thought
  • WOST 297                      Afro-American Women in the Civil Rights Movement

Major Requirements (PDF)