Related courses are courses offered by disciplinary departments that count toward the AFST major/minor.  Related courses are potentially relevant to the major/minor but do not have enough AFST 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 major/minor should be directed to the Program Director.


Requirements for the Africana Studies Major

Admission to the program will depend upon the acceptance, by the Africana Studies Committee, of a written proposal outlining the student's program of study.

  • Interdisciplinary Course (6 credits). Each student must complete one interdisciplinary 6-credit course which, in part, specifically discusses African/African American Studies as an interdisciplinary field:
    • AFST 125 New African Migrations
    • POSC 275 Black Radical Political Thought, 1919-1969
  • Survey Courses (18 credits). Each student must take three of the following 6-credit courses:
    • ARTH 140 African Art and Culture (not offered in 2017-18)
    • ENGL 117 African American Literature
    • ENGL 238 African Literature in English
    • HIST 125 African American History I (not offered in 2017-18)
    • HIST 126 African American History II
    • HIST 181 West Africa in the Era of the Slave Trade
    • HIST 182 Living in the Colonial Context: Africa, 1850-1950 (not offered in 2017-18)
    • HIST 183 History of Early West Africa (not offered in 2017-18)
    • HIST 184 Colonial West Africa (not offered in 2017-18)
  • Distribution Courses (30 credits). Each student should take 30 credits of distribution that are essential to Africana Studies. Among these distribution courses, students must choose at least one 6-credit course each from among the three disciplinary groups: Humanistic Inquiry, Social Inquiry and Literary and Artistic Analysis; at least four of the distribution courses must be at the 200-level or above and at least one at the 300-level. The 300-level course should be completed in one of the two disciplines in which the student writes his/her comprehensive exercise; in this course the student must produce a substantial paper or project in Africana Studies. In addition, majors are highly encouraged to take the AMST 345 junior methods course, WGST 200, or a methods course in one of the academic disciplines that contribute to Africana Studies. HIST 182 cannot double count as a survey course. 
    Literary and Artistic Analysis
    • CAMS 219 African Cinema: A Quest for Identity and Self-Definition (not offered in 2017-18)
    • DANC 266 Reading The Dancing Body: Topics in Dance History
    • ENGL 238 African Literature in English
    • ENGL 252 Caribbean Fiction (not offered in 2017-18)
    • ENGL 258 Contemporary American Playwrights of Color (not offered in 2017-18)
    • ENGL 350 The Postcolonial Novel: Forms and Contexts
    • ENGL 352 Toni Morrison: Novelist
    • FREN 225 Francophone Literature of Africa and the Caribbean (not offered in 2017-18)
    • FREN 245 Francophone Literature of Africa and the Caribbean (not offered in 2017-18)
    • FREN 308 France and the African Imagination (not offered in 2017-18)
    • MUSC 126 America's Music
    • MUSC 130 The History of Jazz
    • MUSC 131 The Blues From the Delta to Chicago
    • MUSC 132 Golden Age of R and B (not offered in 2017-18)
    • MUSC 140 Ethnomusicology: Local and Global in the World's Musical Cultures (not offered in 2017-18)
    • MUSC 141 Global Popular Music (not offered in 2017-18)
    • MUSC 245 Music of Africa
    • MUSC 332 Motown

    Humanistic Inquiry
    • CCST 280 Empires, Colonies, Hegemony
    • HIST 181 West Africa in the Era of the Slave Trade
    • HIST 182 Living in the Colonial Context: Africa, 1850-1950 (not offered in 2017-18)
    • HIST 184 Colonial West Africa (not offered in 2017-18)
    • HIST 219 Is Obama Black?: American Mixed Race History (not offered in 2017-18)
    • HIST 222 Slavery in Film, Literature, and History
    • HIST 225 James Baldwin and Black Lives Matter (not offered in 2017-18)
    • HIST 228 Civil Rights and Black Power (not offered in 2017-18)
    • HIST 280 African in the Arab World (not offered in 2017-18)
    • HIST 281 War in Modern Africa
    • HIST 283 Christian Encounter, Conversion, and Conflict in Modern Africa (not offered in 2017-18)
    • HIST 381 U.S. Relations with Ghana (not offered in 2017-18)
    • HIST 382 U.S. Relations with Ghana: The Field Trip and Beyond (not offered in 2017-18)
    • HIST 386 Africa: Art, Nation, and Politics
    • RELG 227 Liberation Theologies (not offered in 2017-18)
    • RELG 262 Islamic Africa
    • RELG 326 Religion and the Post-Colonial Imagination (not offered in 2017-18)

    Social Inquiry
    • AFST 112 Black Revolution on Campus
    • AFST 125 New African Migrations
    • EDUC 225 Issues in Urban Education (not offered in 2017-18)
    • EDUC 245 The History of American School Reform
    • EDUC 338 Multicultural Education
    • POSC 207 Global Decline of Democracy: Urban Revanchism and Popular Resistance
    • POSC 218 Schools, Scholarship and Policy in the United States (not offered in 2017-18)
    • POSC 266 Urban Political Economy
    • POSC 273 Race and Politics in the U.S.
    • POSC 275 Black Radical Political Thought, 1919-1969
    • POSC 302 Subordinated Politics and Intergroup Relations*
    • POSC 351 Political Theory of Martin Luther King, Jr.
    • POSC 366 Urban Political Economy*
    • PSYC 384 Psychology of Prejudice (not offered in 2017-18)
    • SOAN 115 Inequality in American Society (not offered in 2017-18)
    • SOAN 151 Global Minnesota: An Anthropology of Our State
    • SOAN 225 Social Movements (not offered in 2017-18)
    • SOAN 256 Africa: Representation and Conflict (not offered in 2017-18)
    • SOAN 263 Terrorism
    • SOAN 272 Race and Ethnicity in the United States (not offered in 2017-18)
    • SOAN 314 Contemporary Issues in Critical Criminology
    • SOAN 395 Ethnography of Reproduction
    • WGST 265 Black Feminist Thought: The Everyday World (not offered in 2017-18)
    • WGST 266 Caribbean Queer Matters: Exploration & Research (not offered in 2017-18)

    Additional Distribution Electives: Arts Practice
    • DANC 301 Contemporary Styles and Techniques: African Dance
    • MUSC 183J Ethnic Drumming Instruction (Juried)
    • MUSC 191 African Karimba Ensemble (not offered in 2017-18)
    • MUSC 192 West African Drum Ensemble
    • MUSC 193 Mbira Ensemble (not offered in 2017-18)
    • MUSC 199 Fundamentals of African Drumming
    • MUSC 283J Ethnic Drumming Instruction (Juried)
  • Senior Seminar/Capstone Experience (2 credits)

The capstone experience consists of AFST 398, a two-credit course in which the student creates a portfolio of their work in Africana 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 major, and to draw connections among them. By bringing together Africana Studies majors and minors, this two-credit course facilitates common discussion of the main themes in Africana Studies and how they are woven through the corpus of each student's undergraduate opus.

  • Comprehensive Exercise AFST 400 (6 credits)

The comprehensive exercise is a substantial (approximately 34-40 page) research paper on a topic within African, African American, and/or African Diaspora studies, grounded in two complementary disciplines, advised by two faculty members chosen from these two disciplines. The student should have completed a 300-level course in one of these two disciplines. The comps process begins with a proposal in fall term of the senior year, and ends with a final written thesis and oral presentation early in spring term.