Africana Studies

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Did you know: You can add an Africana major to your transcript in as little as 10 courses, and a minor in only 6. You may already be close. See what you’ve taken that may already count.

Core Courses

  • AAF 201  Introduction to African American Studies
  • AAF 202  Introduction to the Culture of the Diaspora

History and Politics 6-9 units

  • AAF 290/WMS351A African American Women: Service, Community, and Self
  • AAF 380 Civil Rights Movement
  • AAF 300G Blacks in Providence in the 20th Century
  • AAF 300M Social Movements in the Diaspora
  • AAF 372 Afro-Americans and the Legal System
  • AAF 415 Dynamics of Social Change in the Caribbean
  • AAF/HIS 150 Introduction to African American History
  • AAF 300A/HIS393M Contemporary African-American Political Thought
  • AAF 300B/HIS393L Black Urban History
  • AAF 300C/HIS 393E History of Black Women Artists
  • AAF 300D Nonviolence: Theories & Strategies of Organization and Mobilization
  • AAF 300I/HIS393I Black Women in the US: Colonial Times to the Present
  • AAF 300K Comparative Political Development in Africa
  • AAF/HIS 366 Black Political Thought, Civil Rights/Black Power Age
  • AAF 300W/HIS393Q African-American Reconstruction to the Present
  • AAF 300Z/HIS 393Z Black Popular Culture in the Urban Terrain
  • AAF/HIS 359 History of Slavery in America
  • AAF/HIS 388 History of Sub-Saharan Africa
  • AAF/PSC 408 African Governments and Politics
  • AAF/PSC 410 Issues in African Development
  • AAF/PSC 466 Urban Problems

Arts and Humanities 6-9 units

  • AAF/ARH 330 African-American Artist in Context I
  • AAF/ARH 331 African-American Artist in Context II
  • AAF/ENG247 Introduction to Literature of the Diaspora
  • AAF/ENG 248 Afro-American Literature: 1900-Present
  • AAF 352 Afro-American Images in Film
  • AAF/ENG 360 African Folk Life
  • AAF/ENG 362 African-American Literature Genres
  • AAF/ENG 363 Afro-American Fiction
  • AAF/ENG 364 Contemporary African Literature
  • AAF/ENG 474 Literature of the African Diaspora

Social and Behavioral Science 6-9 units

  • AAF 300P-Conditions of Community Service
  • AAF/COM 310A Race and Media
  • AAF/COM 333 Oral Performance of African-American Literature
  • AAF/COM 350 African-American Oral Tradition
  • AAF/COM 461 Race, Politics, and Media
  • AAF/PSY 399 Introduction to Multicultural Psychology
  • AAF 390 Directed Study or Research (Permission of director by override only)
  • AAF 498 Senior Seminar

Although the following social science courses are not cross-listed with an AAF designation, they also meet the Social and Behavioral Science requirement. 

  • SOC 240 Minority and Majority Relations
  • SOC 318 Social Movements and Social Change
  • SOC 240 Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 336 Social Inequality
  • SOC 428 Institutional Racism
  • PSY 479I Contemporary Problems/Seminar in Non-Violence

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