Africana Studies

Africana Studies encompasses centuries of history and culture — from the first African and European American relationships to modern day diaspora studies.

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Delve into the past to understand the present — and make a positive impact on the future

Our students are intellectually curious and socially aware. They focus on issues of race, gender and class and leave ready to use their knowledge to improve their communities.

You'll be challenged to think critically, analyze complex data, and master research technology — a firm foundation for successful careers or future graduate study.

The major requires 36 semester hours comprising the following:

AST 101 Introduction to Africana Studies 4
AST 102 Black Cultures in U.S. Society Of African Americans 4
AST 240 African American Intellectual History 4

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 African Diaspora 4
AST 249 Inequality: Race, Class, and Gender in Comparative Settings 4
AST 275 Soul Funk and Civil Rights 4
AST 307 Black History At the Movies: Truth Telling or Story Telling 4
AST 313 The Black Struggle for Schooling in the The United States 4
AST 365 Intimate Family Violence 4
AST 388 Black Popular Culture & the Education of Black Youth 4
ENGL 176 African American Fiction 4
ENGL 275 American Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance 4
HIST 217 Caribbean History 4
POLS 215 The Politics of Exclusion 4
POLS 242 Colonial & Postcolonial Politics of Africa 4

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 4
ART 255 African American Art 4
HIST 210 African American Experience 4
HIST 213 Race and Ethnicity in U.S. History 4
POLS 211 Politics of Cities 4

Eight semester hours from

AST 350 Independent Study 4
OR
AST 355 Senior Thesis 4
OR
AST 370 Internship 0

The AST minor requires

AST 355 Senior Thesis 4
OR
AST 101 Introduction to Africana Studies 4
OR
AST 102 Black Cultures in U.S. Society Of African Americans 4
OR
AST 240 African American Intellectual History 4

and three additional courses at the 200 or 300 level.

Many of our students tailor their studies to their interests and career goals by adding minors or double majoring. Some common areas of focus that complement Africana Studies include:

  • Humanities, such as literature, film, journalism or communications
  • Social sciences, like research, public policy, or health care
  • Physical sciences, including environmental studies
  • Interdisciplinary studies, commonly women's studies, management, or education

Students interested in dual-degree programs, double-majors or self-designed majors can consult with department faculty to design an individualized program.

A minor in Africana Studies is also for available for those outside the major. The minor requires:

  • AST 355 Senior Thesis
    or AST 300 Seminar in Selected Topics in Africana Studies

One course from:

  • AST 101 Introduction to Africana Studies
  • AST 102 Black Cultures in U.S. Society
  • AST 240 African American Intellectual and Political History

And three additional courses at the 200 or 300 level.

So you know that Simmons is a great place to be, you've learned about our programs, maybe even come for a visit...now you're ready to apply! Let's get started

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