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Major in Africana Studies

Major in Africana Studies

This course of study is for students who want to pursue a liberal arts major in Africana Studies. Students who anticipate professional careers or graduate study in liberal arts should consider this major track. The major requires 36 semester hours comprising the following:

  • AST 101 Introduction to Africana Studies
  • AST 102 Social and Psychological of Blacks in America
  • AST 240 African American Intellectual and Political History

• Eight semester hours contributing to an interdisciplinary knowledge of Africana studies, no more than four hours of which may be taken in any one department. Courses that count toward the satisfaction of this requirement include:

  • AST 210 Sisters of the African Diaspora
  • AST/SOCI 249 Inequality: Race, Class, and Gender in Comparative Settings
  • AST 300 Seminar in Selected Topics in Africana Studies
  • AST 313 The Black Struggle for Schooling in the United States
  • AST/SOCI/WGST 340 Intimate Family Violence: A Multicultural Perspective
  • AST 388 Black Popular Culture and the Education of Black Youth
  • ENGL 163 African American Literature Survey
  • ENGL 176 African American Fiction
  • ENGL 275 American Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance
  • POLS 215 The Politics of Race and Ethnicity
  • POLS 242 African Politics

• Eight semester hours of electives. Courses listed under the "interdisciplinary knowledge" requirement may count as electives only if they are not counted toward the satisfaction of the "interdisciplinary knowledge" requirement.

Other electives are:

  • ART 251 African Art: 3000 BC to the Present
  • ART 255 African American Art
  • ENGL 220 African American Autobiographies
  • HIST 210 The African American Experience from Colonial Times to Reconstruction
  • HIST 211 The African American Experience From Colonial Times
  • HIST 213 Race and Ethnicity in U.S. History
  • POLS 211 The Politics of Cities

• Eight semester hours from AST 350, AST 355, or AST 370.

Simmons has had a major in Africana studies for more than 20 years. The department also offers a major with a specialization in Africana women's studies and a minor in AST.

The department prepares students for the labor market and continued professional and graduate training by providing a solid knowledge foundation of critical, analytical, and technological skills.

Pre-graduation internships are available for all interested students. Study abroad and modern language skills are highly recommended. Students interested in dual-degree programs or self-designed majors should consult with department faculty to design an individualized program.