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Africana Studies

The Africana Studies minor is a multidisciplinary program that combines the study, research, interpretation, and the dissemination of knowledge concerning the African presence in Africa, the Americas, Europe, and other parts of the world from the birth of human civilization to the present. 

Students are introduced to critical and theoretical perspectives for the multicultural approach to the historical, political, and socioeconomic realities of peoples of African descent. In this program, you will examine the African-American cultural experience and the similarities and differences among the cultures of peoples of African origin, while considering the values of these cultures and the continuity and change among geographical areas over time. Students in any school at Virginia State University may declare the Minor in Africana Studies.

The Africana Studies Minor requires 18 semester hours as follows:

COURSE

TITLE

SEM HRS

Required course:

IDUP 270

Introduction to Africana Studies

3

 One course from

the following:

3

ENGL 311

African-American Literature

ENGL 320

Harlem Renaissance

ENGL 410

Readings in African American Literature

 One course from

the following:

3

ENGL 315

African Literature

ENGL 411

Readings in African Literature

ENGL 412

Caribbean Literature

 One course from

the following:

3

IDUP 371

Study Abroad in Africa (3 to 6 hours)

IDUP 470

Special Topics in African Studies

 

One course from EACH category below:

Unrestricted

Elective

Humanities Course in Blacks in Africa

or African Diaspora

3

Unrestricted

Elective

Social Science Course in Blacks in Africa

or African Diaspora

3

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