Africana Studies General Program (BA)

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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 - 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 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 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 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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