2017-2018 University Catalogue 
    Jul 13, 2024  
2017-2018 University Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

African American & Latin American Studies Major, African Studies Emphasis

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Coordinator, T. Etefa (Fall), M. Moran (Spring)

Africa, the second largest continent, combines a remarkable number of peoples and cultures. The continent possesses over fifty political units, and its 450 million people speak an estimated 600–800 distinct languages. The diversity of its cultures, modes of agriculture, and industrial production represent a broad spectrum of the human experience. Themes and topics of this concentration include the complexity of traditional African cultures, philosophies, and political institutions; the impact of the trans-Atlantic slave trade; the introduction of European colonialism; African nationalism and liberation movements; and the ethnic, economic, political, and international relations of the modern African state. Majors and minors have the opportunity to participate in the National Model African Union simulation, sponsored by Howard University in Washington, D.C., through enrollment in the half-credit course, ALST 290 .

A student must complete major declaration procedures with the appropriate coordinator no later than the second term of the sophomore year, unless an exception is approved by the program director.

For more information about the program, honors/high honors, transfer credit, etc., visit the Africana and Latin American studies program   page.

Major Requirements

The requirements for the ALST major with an African studies Emphasis are as follows:

Four African Studies Electives

Should be chosen in consultation with the coordinator. Of the four electives, at least two courses must be at the 300 level or higher.


200- or 300-Level Elective

One additional 200- or 300-level elective or CORE Communities and Identities (CI) course must be selected from any area of the program outside of the student’s primary concentration.

Senior Capstone Seminar

  is the senior capstone seminar and is required for all majors. In the event that   is not offered, students may substitute another seminar in consultation with the coordinator and the program director.

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