When you decide to become an AFAS major, second major or minor, we will work with you to select an advisor who fit your interests. This faculty member should sign your declaration form no later than the beginning of the second semester of your sophomore year. With guidance from your advisor, you will design a specific course of study. This includes determining which advanced courses you should take to fulfill AFAS requirements as well as your areas of interest. You will also discuss with your advisor other opportunities as it relates to the major, such as AFAS-based community internships, summer study aboard (in Kenya or Senegal), a senior honors thesis plan, and independent study with a faculty member.
Introductory Required Courses
255 Introduction to Africana Studies (TH, SD, CD)
1002 Foundations in African & African-American Studies
Senior Requirement (Majors and 2nd Majors)
AFAS 401 Senior Seminar is a culminating experience that gives you an opportunity to meet with other seniors and exchange ideas. The overriding goal is to summarize and integrate your learning within AFAS and make connections between academic learning and the real world, or your post-graduation plans. You will complete on a capstone project that brings together your specific interests into final piece. Students writing senior honors thesis can use their thesis as their capstone
Distribution of Remaining Courses
A minimum of one additional course (any level) and six additional advanced (300/400) level courses (does not include Senior Seminar) are required for the major or second major.
One Semester of language (Swahili, Wolof, or approved language)
Four advanced (300/400) level courses in Focus Area
Four additional electives
To complete the minor, a student needs one additional course (any level) and four additional advanced level (300/400 level) courses.
The Honors program in AFAS is open to majors in African and African American Studies who have strong academic records. Students usually have an overall grade point average of at least 3.4 and at least 3.5 in our major. Application to the program should be made to the Chair as early as possible in the junior year.
To help expedite the process, you should obtain a copy of your transcript, talk with the faculty member you wish to have supervise your work, and obtain their agreement to be your thesis supervisor. Then complete a proposal form, setting out what you plan to do for your thesis, naming your thesis advisor, and enclosing a copy of your transcript. The proposal form and transcript should be submitted to the Chair of African and African-American Studies no later than May 1 of your junior year.
Upon admission to the program, you should find 2-3 outside readers who will agree to be on your committee. They will hear your defense of your thesis. Their recommendations will determine what is contained in your final draft of your thesis.