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Major in Africana Studies

The Africana Studies Program at UNM uses an interdisciplinary approach to uncover and examine the historical, political and cultural experiences of peoples of Africa and of African descent in the American Southwest, and across the globe! We are committed to encouraging students of all races and ethnicities to think critically about the function of race within individuals, institutions, and societies and simultaneously facilitate heightened awareness of issues surrounding social justice and community/service.

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Africana Studies is designed to sharpen and develop students’ critical thinking, research, and writing skills through an interdisciplinary approach. Consequently, students are required to take an array of courses in the humanities and social sciences, as well as courses that center on civil and human rights and Diaspora studies.

Major and Minor Study Requirements

Twelve courses are required for the major in Africana Studies, ten courses are required for the 2nd major, and eight courses are required for the minor. The courses listed below emphasize the historical agency of African Americans and other peoples of African descent and the centrality of race, racism, and racial formation across the Black Diaspora, with specific emphasis on the Southwest United States. Substitutions will be approved by the department.

1st MAJOR DEGREE REQUIREMENTS:

12 Courses/ 36 Credits 21 Credits Required/ 15 Credit Electives

2nd MAJOR DEGREE REQUIREMENTS:

10 Courses/ 30 Credits18 Credits Required/ 12 Credit Electives

MINOR DEGREE REQUIREMENTS:

8 Courses/ 24 Credits15 Credits Required/ 9 Credit Electives

6 HOURS OF FOREIGN LANGUAGE CHOSEN AMONG:

• AFST 101: SWAHILI I (preferred)
• AFST 102: SWAHILI II (preferred)
• FREN 101: ELEMENTARY FRENCH I
• FREN 102: ELEMENTARY FRENCH II
• AFST 108: INTENSIVE ELEMENTARY ARABIC I

6 HOURS OF FOREIGN LANGUAGE CHOSEN AMONG:

• AFST 101: SWAHILI I (preferred)
• AFST 102: SWAHILI II (preferred)
• FREN 101: ELEMENTARY FRENCH I
• FREN 102: ELEMENTARY FRENCH II
• AFST 108: INTENSIVE ELEMENTARY ARABIC I

6 HOURS OF FOREIGN LANGUAGE CHOSEN AMONG:

• AFST 101: SWAHILI I (preferred)
• AFST 102: SWAHILI II (preferred)
• FREN 101: ELEMENTARY FRENCH I
• FREN 102: ELEMENTARY FRENCH II
• AFST 108: INTENSIVE ELEMENTARY ARABIC I

AFST 104: INTRODUCTION TO AFRICANA STUDIESAFST 104: INTRODUCTION TO AFRICANA STUDIESAFST 104: INTRODUCTION TO AFRICANA STUDIES
AFST 250: SURVEY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORYAFST 250: SURVEY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORYAFST 250: SURVEY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY
AFST 307: BLACKS IN THE SOUTHWESTAFST 307: BLACKS IN THE SOUTHWESTAFST 307: BLACKS IN THE SOUTHWEST
AFST 398: AFRICANA PHILOSOPHY & METHODSAFST 398: AFRICANA PHILOSOPHY & METHODSAFST 398: AFRICANA PHILOSOPHY & METHODS
AFST 498: RESEARCH SEMINARAFST 498: RESEARCH SEMINAR
ELECTIVE OPTIONS
AFST 109: COMPARATIVE GLOBAL/ETHNIC SOCIETIESAFST 345 FOUNDATIONS IN CRITICAL RACE THEORY
AFST 249: RACE AND THE BLACK MALEAFST 360: THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE
AFST 251: AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE IAFST 380: AFRICAN LITERATURE
AFST 255: BLACK WOMEN AND THE DIASPORAAFST 381: AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE II
AFST 297: INTERDISCIPLINARY TOPICSAFST 385: THE AFRICAN WORLD
AFST 299: BLACK LEADERSAFST 388: BLACKS IN LATIN AMERICA
AFST 303: BLACK LIBERATION AND RELIGIONAFST 391: PROBLEMS
AFST 309: BLACK POLITICSAFST 395: EDUCATION AND COLONIAL AFRICA
AFST 315: RACE AND THE LAWAFST 396: EMANCIPATION AND EQUALITY
AFST 317: CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENTAFST 397: INTERDISCIPLINARY TOPICS
AFST 322: AFRICANA STUDY ABROADAFST 399: RACE CULTURE AND EDUCATION
AFST 329: AFRICAN POLITICSAFST 453: AFRICAN AMERICAN ART
AFST 333: BLACK POLITICAL THEORYAFST 495: TOPICS IN AFRICANA STUDIES
AFST 335 SOCIOLOGY OF BLACK COMMUNITIESAFST 497: ADVANCED COMMUNITY ORGANIZING
AFST 340 RACE AND GLOBALIZATIONAFST 498: RESEARCH SEMINAR

Career Paths in Africana Studies

AFST-degree options

A degree in Africana Studies prepares you to enter any career field, whether it is business, law, education, the arts, or medicine. Professions range from A (Astronaut) to Z (Zoo administrator). In short, the answer to those asking what can a person do with an Africana Studies major is simple:

In Each of Us is All of Us.

Business
Advertising • Consulting • General Management • Human Resources • Marketing • Entrepreneur

International, Federal, State, and Local Government
Community and Public Affairs • Economic Affairs • Governmental Relations • Public Office, Diplomacy • International Affairs • Attorney

Teaching
Preschool/Head Start Programs • Elementary, Secondary, and Post-Secondary Education • Research

Public Health
Health Education/Counseling • Research • Doctor • Nurse

Special Services
Adult/GED Education • College Prep

Student Affairs
Administration • Greek Affairs • Counseling (career and individual) • Multicultural Affairs • Residence Life • Student Activities

Communications
Editing • Public Relations • Publishing • Writing •Journalism

Performing/Creative Arts
Artist Management • Marketing • Musician • Performer • Playwright • Teaching

Curatorial and Archival Management
Education (Pre-K–Adult) Principal/Administrator • Curriculum Development Programs • Guidance/Counseling


Africana Studies majors from UNM have gone on to top graduate school programs around the country in Counseling, English, Law, become entrepreneurs, and entered professional sports!