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Major Requirements

General Education

All students must complete 42 credits of the University’s General Education Requirements.

Rowan Experience

All students must complete all requirements under the University’s Rowan Experience.

Program Requirements

Foundational or Core Requirements 18 s.h.
AFST01104 Introduction to Africana Studies
HIST05396 Sub-Saharan Africa to 1800
AFST01304 Africana Social/Political Thought
AFST11.305 Research Methods in Africana Studies
AFST11.310 Service Learning Seminar
AFST11.450 Senior Seminar

Tracks for Specialization (12 s.h.)
Each Africana Studies Major will develop a specialization by selecting a minimum of 12 credit
hours of courses in one of the four thematic areas below.

African Studies
AFRI16.101 Elementary Zulu I
AFRI16.102 Elementary Zulu II
ANTH02.311 Peoples & Cultures of Africa
ARAB12.101 Elementary Arabic I
ARAB12.102 Elementary Arabic II
GEOG06.205 Geography of Africa
HIST05.271 Sub-Saharan Africa Since 1800
HIST05.395 20th Century African Nationalism
POSC07.347 Politics & Societies of Africa
POSC07.441 Contemp. Problems of Modern Africa
SWHL17.101 Elementary Swahili I
SWHL17.102 Elementary Swahili II
Special Topics on Africa

African American Studies
COSD01.406 Afr/Amer. Culture in Media
ECON04.225 Women in the Economy
ECON04.360 Urban Economics
ENGL02.216 African American Literature Through Harlem Renaissance
ENGL02.316 African American Literature Since Harlem Renaissance
HIST05.322 Civil War & Reconstruction
HIST05.376 African American History to 1865
HIST05.377 African American History Since 1865
HIST05.422 Women in American History
LAWJ05.205 Minorities, Crime, & Justice
LAWJ05.346 Women, Crime & Criminal Justice
MUS06.220 The Music of African Americans
MUS06.115 Growth & Development of Jazz
POSC07.210 Black Americans & American Politics
POSC07.211 Women in American Politics
POSC07.340 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
POSC07.323 Politics of Race, Poverty & Welfare
PSY01.335 African American Psychology
RTF03.280 African American Film History
THD08.311 African Influences in Amer. Dance
Special Topics:

Comparative Studies
ECON04.310 Global Economics
ENGL02.116 Readings in Non-Western Literature
ENGL02.200 Women in Literature
GEOG06.111 World Regional Geography
HIST05.120 World History Since 1500
HIST05.213 Islamic Civilization
HIST05.305 Women in Islam
HIST05.388 Comp. Race Relat.: S. Afr/Brazil/US
HIST05.425 History of Feminisms
HIST05.441 Imperialism & Colonialism
INTR01.103 Women in Perspective
INTR01.200 Issues in Women’s Health
LAWJ05.330 Problems in World Justice
LAWJ05.386 Law & Human Rights
MKT09.379 International Marketing
MUS06.448 Music in World Cultures
POSC07.230 Comparative Political Systems
POSC07.231 Contemporary World Problems
PSY01.105 Psy. of Ethnic Identity & Community
PSY01.310 Psy. of Racism & Ethnocentrism
PSY01.330 Psy. of Women & Cultural Experience
RTF03.272 Images of Women in Film
SOC08.120 Sociology of Minority Groups
SOC08.330 Soc. Stratif. in Contemp. Societies
THD07.301 African/African American Theatre
Special Topics

Afro-Latin American & the Caribbean Studies
ANTH02.210 Natives of South America
ENGL02.217 U.S. Lit. of Latino & Hispanic Peoples
GEOG06.344 Geography of Latin America
HIST05.260 Traditional Latin America
HIST05.261 Modern Latin America
HIST05.360 Latin America Revolution & Reform
HIST05.362 History of Mexico & the Caribbean
HIST05.370 Topics in Latin American History
SPAN05.323 Spanish American Lit
SPAN05.324 Spanish Amer.Civilization & Culture
SPAN05.327 Spanish Amer. Poetry
SPAN05.328 Spanish Amer. Theatre
SPAN05.326 Spanish Amer. Novel
Special Topics

Program Electives (9 s.h.)
Students majoring in Africana Studies must select a minimum of nine credit hours from courses offered under any of the areas above. At least two (2) of these electives must be at the 300 or 400 level.

Other Requirements
In addition to the hours needed to fulfill the Rowan University General Education Requirements, Africana studies majors must take the following additional credits from the courses listed under the Social and Behavioral Sciences Banks and the History, Humanities and Language Banks

Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 s.h.)
Foreign/World Language [Zulu, Arabic, French, Spanish, or Portuguese] 6 s.h.
Non-Program Electives (8-9 s.h.)

Study Abroad. Students will be required to earn between 3 and 15 Credit Hours of a Study Abroad Experience in Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, or elsewhere in the African Diaspora, during which they can complete course electives in their major to complement their career interests.

Students may apply for and undertake a traditional semester or academic year experience within the program that the University offers for study abroad in a number of countries, including Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, the Republic of South Africa, and South and Central America. Students may also participate for course credit in faculty-led two to four-week summer institutes and two-week intersession or mid-year study abroad programs.

Students who are unable to undertake either the semester, year-long, summer or intersession study abroad alternatives for documented reasons, will be able to fulfill the requirement through domestic internships which enables them to approximate some of the important intercultural benefits of international study.

Students who have had travel, work or formal program experience in another country, (for example, within another major) that may be equivalent to the study abroad as outlined above, may apply with appropriate documentation to the Coordinator of Africana Studies for exemption from the requirement.

Grade-Point Average. Students who choose to major and graduate in Africana Studies must have and maintain a cumulative 2.0 Grade-Point Average as a minimum, with no grade lower than a 2.0 in courses in the major.

Free Electives (21 S.H.)