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:

  1. Core courses (6 credits).
    Two from:  AFA 101 AFA 206 , AFA 220 , AFA 230 .
  2. Electives (24 credits).
    At least eight courses from the following groups, as indicated.
    1. Humanities and fine arts (9-15 credits).
      At least three courses, including at least two at the 300 level or higher, from:  AFA 203 AFA 204 , AFA 205 , AFA 207 ,  , AFA 215 , AFA 216 , AFA 239 , AFA 242 , AFA 257 , AFA 300 , AFA 301 , AFA 312 , AFA 313 , AFA 318 ,  , AFA 358 , AFA 400 , AFA 480 .
    2. Social sciences and education (9-15 credits).
      At least three courses, including at least three at the 300 level or higher, from:  AFA 219 AFA 235 AFA 250 AFA 270 AFA 304 , AFA 322 AFA 333 AFA 334 AFA 335 AFA 336 AFA 338 AFA 351 AFA 352 AFA 357 AFA 359 AFA 362 AFA 364 AFA 375 AFA 380 AFA 399 AFA 435 .  
  3. Capstone/senior seminar (3 credits).
     AFA 490 .
  4. 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.

  1. All requirements of the General Program in Africana Studies (BA) , to include AFA 395 , AFA 396  (33 credits).
  2. All requirements of the University Honors Program , to include AFA 495  or HON 495 , AFA 496  or HON 496 ; HON 498  (11 credits).

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:

  1. Introductory courses (6 credits). 
    AFA 101 , AFA 220 .
  2. History and literature (6 credits).  Two from:
    HistoryAFA 322 , AFA 395 ; AFA 230 /HIS 230 AFA 235 /HIS 235 , AFA 334 /HIS 334 , AFA 335 /HIS 335 AFA 336 /HIS 336 AFA 338 /HIS 338 AFA 435 /HIS 435 .                                                                                           
    LiteratureAFA 301 AFA 206 /CPL 206 /ENG 209 AFA 257 /CPL 257 AFA 400 /CPL 400 AFA 480 /CPL 480 AFA 300 /CPL 301 AFA 318 /CPL 318 /WGS 318 AFA 215 /ENG 215 AFA 216 /WGS 216 .
  3. Politics, economics, religion and philosophy (3 credits).
    One from: AFA 240 , AFA 244 AFA 351 , AFA 357 AFA 364 AFA 369 /ANT 369 ; AFA 203 /PHL 203 AFA 205 /ANT 205 ; AFA 358 /HIS 368 .
  4. Arts, cultures and languages (3 credits).
    One from:  AFA 310 , AFA 311 ; AFA 250 /ANT 250 , AFA 260 /ANT 260 ; AFA 325 /ARH 325 AFA 207 /CPL 207 /THE 207 AFA 313 /MUS 313 AFA 208 / AFA 239 /THE 239 , AFA 242 /THE 242 , AFA 312 /THE 312 .
  5. Education, psychology, health and social sciences (3 credits). 
    One from:  AFA 331 , AFA 362 , AFA 399 AFA 219 /PSY 219 ; AFA 270 /SOC 270 ; AFA 359 /SOC 359 /WGS 359 , AFA 380 /WGS 380 .

 

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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.