Africana Studies Requirements

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Students who wish to enroll in Africana Studies as their sole or primary major will be expected to fulfill the general requirements of the College of Liberal Arts. Students who wish to enroll in Africana Studies as an added major and who are primarily enrolled in a college at SIU other than the College of Liberal Arts must fulfill their college’s general requirements. Only Africana Studies courses completed with at least a C will fulfill the major requirement.

Africana Studies courses do not require prerequisites.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Africana Studies

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
University Core Curriculum Requirements - Must include AFR 215 and AD 227 39
College of Liberal Arts Academic Requirements 14
Africana Studies Requirements - AFR 109; AFR 209; AFR 215; AFR 311A; AFR 311B; AFR 334; AFR 375; AFR 475; AFR 494; AFR 496; or AFR 499; AD 227 41
Electives for Specialization

Three 3-hour courses from any of the following: AFR Courses (300- or 400-level; including “African Cultural Continuities”);

Approved courses in Fine Arts/Humanities (Music, Theater, Communication Studies, Art and Design, Cinema, Radio, Television & Digital Media, Philosophy, English);

Approved courses in Social Sciences (History, Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, Social Work, Political Science).

All Africana Studies majors will be advised to take at least one section of AFR 399 (“Independent Study”) which will be a focused opportunity for assessment of student learning.
Electives 26
Total 120

Africana Studies Minor

A minor in Africana Studies consists of a minimum of 18 credit hours, which are to be selected from Africana Studies course offerings and organized according to each individual student’s field of interest. Africana Studies AFR 311A and AFR 311B are required for the minor.

Africana Studies courses do not require prerequisites.