Concentration Requirements

Related courses are courses offered by disciplinary departments that count toward the Afr/AFAM concentration.  Pertinent courses are potentially relevant to the concentration but do not have enough Af/AFAM content to count toward requirements without a special petition.  Due to changing course offerings, this is only a partial list.  Any questions about whether or how a course counts toward the concentration should be directed to the Program Director.

The AFAM concentration requires seven courses as follows:

I. Interdisciplinary Course (6 credits). Students must complete one interdisciplinary, six-credit course that specifically discusses African and African American Studies as a discipline.

  • AFAM 113: Introduction to African/African American Studies
  • AFAM 125: New African Migrations
  • AFAM 130: African American Social Movements
  • AFAM 182: Black Identity and Belonging
  • AFAM 194: The Black Middle Class

II. Survey Courses (12 credits). Each student must take two of the following 6-credit courses.

  • ARTH 140: African Art and Culture
  • ENGL 117: African American Literature
  • HIST 125: African American History I
  • HIST 126: African American History II
  • HIST 183: History of Early West Africa
  • HIST 184: Colonial West Africa

III. Distribution Courses (18 credits). Each student should take 18 credits chosen from at least two fo the following disciplinary groups: Arts and Literature, Humanities and Social Sciences including one six-credit course which must be at the 300-level.

Arts and Literature

  • ENGL 238 African Literature in English
  • ENGL 243 Text and Film
  • ENGL 252 Caribbean Fiction
  • ENGL 258 Contemporary American Playwrights of Color
  • ENGL 350 The Post-colonial Novel: Forms and Contexts
  • FREN 235 Francophone Literature of Africa and the Caribbean
  • FREN 245 Francophone Literature of Africa and the Caribbean
  • FREN 250 Film and Society in Mali
  • FREN 251 Negotiating the Past--the Challenges of Nation-Building in Mali
  • FREN 252 Literature and Society in Mali
  • FREN 308 France and the African Imagination
  • MUSC 130 History of Jazz
  • MUSC 131 The Blues From the Delta to Chicago
  • MUSC 132 Golden Age of R and B
  • MUSC 245 Music of Africa
  • MUSC 332 Motown


  • HIST 100 American Antebellum Slavery
  • HIST 219 Is Obama Black? American Mixed-Race History
  • HIST 276 The African Diaspora in Latin America
  • HIST 280 African in the Arab World
  • HIST 281 War in Modern Africa
  • HIST 282 Masquerades in Africa
  • HIST 286 Africans in the Arab World: On Site and Revisited
  • HIST 322 Civil Rights and Black Power
  • HIST 381 History, Memory and the Atlantic World: Ghana and the United States
  • HIST 382 History, Memory, and the Atlantic World: On Site and Revisited
  • RELG 227 Liberation Theologies
  • RELG 246 Religion and the Black Freedom Struggle
  • RELG 247 RAP and Religion: Rhymes about God and the Good
  • RELG 262 Islamic Africa
  • RELG 330 Radical Pacifism Social Inquiry

Social Sciences

  • AFAM 125 New African Migrations
  • EDUC 225 Issues in Urban Education
  • ENTS 264 Agriculture and Rural Livelihoods in Africa
  • ENTS 280 Tanzania Program: Research Projects on Conservation and Development ENTS 284 Tanzania Program: Cultural Studies
  • ENTS 285 Wildlife Conservation and Livelihoods
  • POSC 207 Urban Politics in a Global Era
  • POSC 266 Urban Political Economy
  • POSC 306 How Race Matters in American Politics
  • POSC 351 Political Theory of Dr. Martin Luther King
  • POSC 366 Urban Political Economy
  • PSYC 384 Psychology of Prejudice
  • SOAN 256 Africa: Representation and Conflict
  • SOAN 272 Race and Ethnicity in the United States
  • SOAN 395 Ethnography of Reproduction

Arts Practice

  • MUSC 183J: Ethnic Drumming Instruction
  • MUSC 191: Karimba
  • MUSC 192: African Drum Ensemble
  • MUSC 193: African Mbira Ensemble
  • MUSC 195: Jubilee Singers
  • MUSC 199: African Drum Class
  • DANC 301: Contemporary Styles and Techniques: African Dance

IV. Senior Seminar (2 credits)

The capstone experience consists of AFAM 398, a two-credit course in which the student creates a portfolio of their work in African and African American Studies and writes a 5-10 page reflective essay tying these papers together. This course gives students an opportunity to seriously reflect about the courses they have taken and the work they have produced within the concentration, and to draw connections among them.