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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Africana Studies - Africana Art, Literature and Cultural Studies Concentration (BA)

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Program Educational Goals

The Africana Art, Literature and Cultural Studies Concentration (BA)provides understanding of film, media, visual, and material culture specifically centered around African descended people.  

Students who successfully complete the Africana Art, Literature and Cultural Studies Concentration (BA) program will be able to:

1. Use concepts from art, literature, and cultural studies in varying multifaceted forms, and specifically analyze artistic, literary, social, and political context in which Black culture manifests itself. Cultural aspects of study involve understanding, knowledge, and interpretation of African, African American, and African diasporic traditions, times, and places and that reflect chronological, geographical and/or thematic form.

2. Use an Africana Studies disciplinary lens to describe works of art, literary works, visual, media, and material culture and demonstrate ability to write evidencing primary, secondary, visual, textual, and material sources.

3. Employ Africana Studies foundational concepts to describe and analyze critical issues and commitment related to the Black community and regarding Black representation.

4. Employ Africana Studies research methods and tools used to conduct cultural analysis.

5. Synthesize disciplinary knowledge acquired through reading academic literature and integrate such knowledge in a multidisciplinary way that not only construes but also contributes to better understanding. 

6. Demonstrate academic development that reflects presentation and delivery skills in a public setting.

7. Write about Black works of art, visual, media, and material culture clearly and with appropriate attention to such factors as description, function, analysis, and interpretation of aesthetics, iconography, and reception.

8. Demonstrate the ability to present their writing with the appropriate citations of evidence from primary, secondary, visual, textual, media, and cultural sources, and that displays adherence to Africana Studies interdisciplinary approaches.

9. Communicate their knowledge concerning Black works of arts, literary works, visual, media, and material cultural production in oral form both in an academic setting and to general audiences.


University Requirements:

College Requirements:

College Breadth Requirements:

The College Breadth requirements are in addition to the University Breadth requirement. Up to three credits from each of the University Breadth Requirement categories may be used to simultaneously satisfy these College of Arts and Sciences Breadth Requirements. Minimum grade C- required for courses used to satisfy College Breadth.

*If the grade earned is sufficient, a course may be applied toward more than one requirement (e.g., breadth and major requirements), but the credits are counted only once toward the total credits for graduation. If all but one course in a group has been taken in one department or program, a course cross-listed with that program will not satisfy the distribution requirement.

Foreign Language:

  • Completion of the intermediate-level course (107 or 202) in an ancient or modern language with minimum grades of D-.
    • The number of credits (0-12) needed and initial placement will depend on the number of years of high school study of foreign language.
      • Students with four or more years of high school work in a single foreign language, or who have gained proficiency in a foreign language by other means, may attempt to fulfill the requirement in that language by taking an exemption examination  through the Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department.


The math requirement must be completed by the time a student has earned 60 credits. Students who transfer into the College of Arts and Sciences with 45 credits or more must complete this requirement within two semesters.

Complete one of the following four options (minimum grade D-):

Option One:

Option Two:

One of the following:

Option Three:

Successful completion of any 200-level or higher mathematics course except: MATH 201 , MATH 202 , MATH 205 , MATH 251 , MATH 252 , MATH 253 , and MATH 266 .

Option Four:

  • Successful performance on a proficiency test in mathematics administered by the Department of Mathematical Sciences (0 credits awarded).

Second Writing Requirement:

A Second Writing Requirement  approved by the College of Arts and Sciences. This course must be taken after completion of 60 credit hours, completed with a minimum grade of C-, and the section enrolled must be designated as satisfying the requirement in the academic term completed.

Major Requirements:

Minimum grade of C- required for courses counted towards the major and concentration. A required AFRA course cannot satisfy both a major core requirement and a concentration elective.

Concentration Requirements:

Four of the following:


After required courses are completed, sufficient elective credits must be taken to meet the minimum credit requirement for the degree.

Credits to Total a Minimum of 124

Last Revised for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

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