Africana Studies Sample 4-Year Plan

The following sample four-year plan is designed to assist students in their long-term academic planning. Please note that the plan should be used as a guide only, and does not guarantee course availability. All students should consult with their department's academic advisor on a regular basis.

The goal of this sample plan is to help students see how the requirements of prerequisites, major course requirements, general education, electives, and minor course requirements can be woven together effectively to allow for on-time graduation. Each student’s actual course of study will vary, based on their interests, placement exams, beginning semester of study, transfer or AP credits, etc. This is why seeing an academic advisor in your department is critically important.

Africana Studies MAJOR. 4 Year Plan.

Africana Studies General Program (BA)

Africana Department Website

The Department of Africana Studies at the University of Michigan-Flint prepares students for the ever-demanding need to engage and function in a diverse society.  It is a multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary field of study that provides a well-rounded education in the tradition of the liberal arts and sciences.  A degree in Africana Studies will deepen students’ knowledge of Africa and the African Diaspora.

Requirements


Thirty-three credits, as follows:

A. Core Courses (6 credits)


Two from:

  • AFA 101 - Introduction to Africana Studies (3)
  • AFA 206 - Introduction to African Literature (3)
  • AFA 220 - Black Intellectual Thought (3).
  • AFA 230 - Survey of African History to 1800 (3)

B. Electives (24 credits)


At least eight courses from the following groups, as indicated.

Humanities and Fine Arts (9-15 credits)


At least three courses, including at least two at the 300 level or higher, from:

  • AFA 203 - Origins of Modern Racism (3)
  • AFA 204 - Dance and World Culture (3)
  • AFA 205 - African Religions and Philosophy (3)
  • AFA 207 - Modern African Drama and Poetry (3)
  • AFA 208 - Multicultural Drama (3)
  • AFA 215 - Survey of African-American Literature (3)
  • AFA 216 - Afro/Latino/Caribbean Women Writers (3)
  • AFA 239 - Drama of the Harlem Renaissance (3)
  • AFA 242 - Contemporary Black Theatre in America (3)
  • AFA 257 - Literature of Social Protest in Africa (3)
  • AFA 300 - Introduction to Francophone African Literature (3)
  • AFA 301 - Early African-American Literature (3).
  • AFA 312 - Black Arts Movement (3)
  • AFA 313 - African-American Music (3)
  • AFA 318 - Women Writers of the African World (3)
  • AFA 325 - History of African Art (3)
  • AFA 358 - The History of African-American Religion (3)
  • AFA 400 - 20th Century Major African Authors (3)
  • AFA 480 - Africa in 20th Century Anglophone World Literature (3)

Social Sciences and Education (9-15 credits)


At least three courses, including at least three at the 300 level or higher, from:

  • AFA 219 - Psychology of the Black Experience (3).
  • AFA 235 - Introduction to the History of African Diaspora (3)
  • AFA 250 - African Cultures (3).
  • AFA 270 - Race and Ethnic Relations (3)
  • AFA 304 - Black Social and Political Movements (3)
  • AFA 322 - History of West Africa and the Atlantic World (3)
  • AFA 333 - Human Rights in Africa (3)
  • AFA 334 - History of Ethnicity and Race in the United States (3)
  • AFA 335 - History of the African-American to 1877 (3)
  • AFA 336 - Africa in Modern Times, 1800 to Present (3)
  • AFA 338 - Topics in African-American History (3).
  • AFA 351 - United States Foreign Policies Towards Africa (3)
  • AFA 352 - Women in Developing Countries (3).
  • AFA 357 - The Black Church and the Civil Rights Movement (3)
  • AFA 359 - The Black Family (3)
  • AFA 362 - Politics and the Black Family in Modern America (3).
  • AFA 364 - Conflicts and Humanitarian Intervention in Africa (3)
  • AFA 375 - Community Building through Educational Involvement (3).
  • AFA 380 - Women in the African Experience (3)
  • AFA 399 - Teaching Africana Studies (3)
  • AFA 435 - Black America Since the Civil War (3).

C. Capstone/Senior Seminar (3 credits)


  • AFA 490 - Seminar in Africana Studies (3)

D. Additional Requirements


All requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Bachelor of Arts  degree, including General Education requirements  and additional BA distribution requirements, and all University of Michigan-Flint graduation requirements . For Africana Studies majors, a foreign language related to the African experience is preferred. The following are particularly recommended: Amharic, Arabic, French, German, Hausa, Oromo, Portuguese, Spanish, Swahili, Yoruba, or other appropriate languages when offered. (This requirement can be met through transfer credits and/or test results from other schools).

Minimum Credits for the Degree: 120 credits



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Africana Studies Honors Program (BA)

Africana Studies Department information  

All majors are encouraged to meet with their Africana Studies advisors at least twice during each semester or term that they are enrolled.

Requirements


A. Africana Studies (33 credits)


All requirements of the General Program in Africana Studies (BA) , to include:

  • AFA 395 - Topics in African Diaspora Studies (3).
  • AFA 396 - Topics in African Studies (3).

B. Honors (11 credits)


All requirements of the University Honors Program , to include:

  • One from:

  • AFA 495 - Honors Thesis I (4).
  • HON 495 - Honors Thesis I (Off-Campus Study) (4).
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  • One from:

  • AFA 496 - Honors Thesis II (4).
  • HON 496 - Honors Thesis II (Senior Honors Project) (4).
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  • HON 498 - Senior Honors Seminar (3)

Note


Prospective Honors concentration students are urged to acquaint themselves as early as possible with the requirements above as well as with the particular procedures for acceptance into the Africana Studies Honors Program. See the departmental honors advisor or the Honors Program Director for this information.
 

Minimum Credits for the Degree: 120 credits



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Africana Studies Minor

Africana Studies Department information  

The Africana Studies minor complements many major concentrations. All students completing a minor are encouraged to meet with their Africana Studies advisors at least twice during each semester or term that they are enrolled.

Requirements


Twenty-one credits, as follows:

A. Introductory courses (6 credits)


  • AFA 101 - Introduction to Africana Studies (3)
  • AFA 220 - Black Intellectual Thought (3).

B. History and Literature (6 credits)


Two from:

History


  • AFA 230 - Survey of African History to 1800 (3)
  • or

  • HIS 230 - Survey of African History to 1800 (3)
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  • AFA 235 - Introduction to the History of African Diaspora (3)
  • or

  • HIS 235 - Introduction to the History of African Diaspora (3)
  •  

  • AFA 322 - History of West Africa and the Atlantic World (3)
  •  

  • AFA 334 - History of Ethnicity and Race in the United States (3)
  • or

  • HIS 334 - History of Ethnicity and Race in the United States (3)
  •  

  • AFA 335 - History of the African-American to 1877 (3)
  • or

  • HIS 335 - History of African-Americans to 1877 (3)
  •  

  • AFA 336 - Africa in Modern Times, 1800 to Present (3)
  • or

  • HIS 336 - Africa in Modern Times, 1800 to Present (3)
  •  

  • AFA 338 - Topics in African-American History (3).
  • or

  • HIS 338 - Topics in African-American History (3).
  •  

  • AFA 395 - Topics in African Diaspora Studies (3).
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  • AFA 435 - Black America Since the Civil War (3).
  • or

  • HIS 435 - Black America since the Civil War (3).

Literature


  • AFA 206 - Introduction to African Literature (3)
  • or

  • CPL 206 - Introduction to African Literature (3)
  • or

  • ENG 209 - Introduction to African Literature (3)
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  • AFA 215 - Survey of African-American Literature (3)
  • or

  • ENG 215 - Survey of African-American Literature (3)
  •  

  • AFA 216 - Afro/Latino/Caribbean Women Writers (3)
  • or

  • WGS 216 - Afro/Latino/Caribbean Women Writers (3)
  •  

  • AFA 257 - Literature of Social Protest in Africa (3)
  • or

  • CPL 257 - Literature of Social Protest in Africa (3)
  •  

  • AFA 300 - Introduction to Francophone African Literature (3)
  • or

  • CPL 301 - Introduction to Francophone African Literature (3)
  •  

  • AFA 301 - Early African-American Literature (3).
  •  

  • AFA 318 - Women Writers of the African World (3)
  • or

  • CPL 318 - Women Writers of the African World (3)
  • or

  • WGS 318 - Women Writers of African World (3)
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  • AFA 400 - 20th Century Major African Authors (3)
  • or

  • CPL 400 - 20th Century Major African Authors (3)
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  • AFA 480 - Africa in 20th Century Anglophone World Literature (3)
  • or

  • CPL 480 - Africa in 20th Century Anglophone World Literature (3)

C. Politics, economics, religion and philosophy (3 credits)


One from:

  • AFA 203 - Origins of Modern Racism (3)
  • or

  • PHL 203 - Origins of Modern Racism (3)
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  • AFA 205 - African Religions and Philosophy (3)
  • or

  • ANT 205 - African Religions and Philosophy (3)
  •  

  • AFA 240 - African Political Systems (3).
  • AFA 244 - The Economics of the Black Community (3).
  • AFA 351 - United States Foreign Policies Towards Africa (3)
  • AFA 357 - The Black Church and the Civil Rights Movement (3)
  •  

  • AFA 358 - The History of African-American Religion (3)
  • or

  • HIS 368 - History of African-American Religion (3)
  •  

  • AFA 364 - Conflicts and Humanitarian Intervention in Africa (3)
  •  

  • AFA 369 - African Religions (3).
  • or

  • ANT 369 - African Religions (3).
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D. Arts, Cultures and Languages (3 credits)


One from:

  • AFA 207 - Modern African Drama and Poetry (3)
  • or

  • CPL 207 - Modern African Drama & Poetry (3)
  • or

  • THE 207 - Modern African Drama and Poetry (3)
  •  

  • AFA 208 - Multicultural Drama (3)
  • or

  • THE 208 - Multicultural Drama (3)
  •  

  • AFA 239 - Drama of the Harlem Renaissance (3)
  • or

  • THE 239 - Drama of the Harlem Renaissance (3)
  •  

  • AFA 242 - Contemporary Black Theatre in America (3)
  • or

  • THE 242 - Contemporary Black Theatre in America (3)
  •  

  • AFA 250 - African Cultures (3).
  • or

  • ANT 250 - African Cultures (3).
  •  

  • AFA 260 - African Diaspora in the Americas (3)
  • or

  • ANT 260 - African Diaspora in the Americas (3)
  •  

  • AFA 310 - Performance Traditions & Aesthetics of the African World (3)
  • AFA 311 - African World Performance Studio (3)
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  • AFA 312 - Black Arts Movement (3)
  • or

  • THE 312 - Black Arts Movement (3)
  •  

  • AFA 313 - African-American Music (3)
  • or

  • MUS 313 - African-American Music (3)
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  • AFA 325 - History of African Art (3)
  • or

  • ARH 325 - History of African Art (3)

E. Education, Psychology, Health and Social Sciences (3 credits)


One from:

  • AFA 219 - Psychology of the Black Experience (3).
  • or

  • PSY 219 - Psychology of the Black Experience (3).
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  • AFA 270 - Race and Ethnic Relations (3)
  • or

  • SOC 270 - Race and Ethnic Relations (3)
  •  

  • AFA 331 - Urban Education and Social Change (3)
  •  

  • AFA 359 - The Black Family (3)
  • or

  • SOC 359 - The Black Family (3)
  • or

  • WGS 359 - The Black Family (3)
  •  

  • AFA 362 - Politics and the Black Family in Modern America (3).
  •  

  • AFA 380 - Women in the African Experience (3)
  • or

  • WGS 380 - Women in the African Experience (3)
  •  

  • AFA 399 - Teaching Africana Studies (3)


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Africana Studies Certificate

The Africana Studies Certificate offers a wide range of courses to students and members of the community who would like to enrich their knowledge of African and African American experiences. The program will benefit those who serve the African American communities and institutions such as the NAACP, National Urban League, Flint Area Coalition to End Racism (FACTER) and others. The program also aims to serve K-12 school teachers in mid-Michigan, as well as employees in higher education from the Flint area.

Requirements: 15 credits, with at least 9 credits at the 300-level.

A detailed description of the Africana Studies Certificate can be found here. The list includes one of three core courses, at least two AFA or cross-listed courses from the Humanities and Fine Arts, and at least two AFA or cross-listed courses from the Social Sciences and Education. 

For more information, contact Pat Emenyonu, Africana Studies Certificate Advisor:
at patemen@umflint.edu or (810) 762-3353.