• Africana Studies major first in state with B.S. or B.A. option
  • Interdisciplinary program features professors with diverse backgrounds
  • Prepare for multicultural workforce or international occupations
  • Examine experiences including slavery, colonialism, and socio-political movements

Africana Studies B.A./B.S.

MTSU now offers the first Africana Studies major in the region and the only one in Tennessee with the option of either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.). Learn about the history and culture of people of African descent throughout the diaspora, race relations, and socio-economic/political institutions. Students can gain an invaluable foundation in cultural literacy and historical knowledge for a wide range of careers sought in an increasingly multicultural society and workforce. Graduates with the socio-cultural knowledge and history of Africa can work in an array of international/foreign relations occupations. Majors can choose from courses that cover international, contemporary, and historical issues across various disciplines, including political science, history, geography, literature, and philosophy. A study abroad opportunity is offered in Senegal, Africa.

McCray finds ancestors’ achievements, more diversity

McCray finds ancestors’ achievements, more diversity

Breia McCray, among the first Africana Studies majors, previously took an introduction course to study contributions of African-Americans and find more diversity on campus. “I learned so much about myself within a few months,” McCray says. “The class taught me that I do not have to focus only on the enslavement of African-Americans, but I can also examine stories about their success and achievements.” Educational institutions she had attended had lacked such a major, and she said black scholars and their scholarship were marginalized or ignored. “Now I feel a part of something great! The establishment of an Africana Studies major will not only benefit black students, but also students who are interested in learning about the history and culture of people of African descent,” McCray says. The new major will allow McCray to expand knowledge about her ancestors’ “contributions to the national legacy of this country and abroad.”

Student ‘ecstatic’ life-changing program turns into major

Student ‘ecstatic’ life-changing program turns into major

First-generation college student Janeka Haden entered MTSU “an undecided major, undecided about my future, and undecided about my next move.” Always interested in history, especially courses about her culture and heritage, she declared Social Work her major and African American Studies her minor as a sophomore. “As I began to explore AAS courses, I realized the classes, along with the faculty, were some of the most fervent I have ever experienced,” she says. Now converted to an Africana Studies major, the program and faculty have “created a culture that was unmatched and made you feel welcome no matter what your ethnic background.” She was “ecstatic” to learn in Spring 2017 that a major was planned and kept checking for official word. “Every person of African descent and individuals who share a love for the subject should be able to experience some of the life-changing professors and content I have encountered,” she says.

Businesses already seek to hire individuals who have an understanding of working in and with diverse populations. Within the next 30 years, a majority non-white national demographic will populate the American society, and appreciation of multi-racial perspectives will be an important skill set. This program also helps prepare students interested in international business related to the West Indies (Caribbean) and Africa, where economies are progressing. Africa has nine of the 20 fastest-growing economies in the world, and U.S. imports/exports are experiencing huge increases. With a degree in Africana Studies, students will be able to pursue graduate education and/or careers in many fields. Examples include, but are not limited to

  • business management
  • city planning
  • education
  • international business/foreign relations (as advisors, analysts, investors/developers, entrepreneurs, and academic scholars)
  • international relations
  • journalism
  • law
  • psychology
  • public health
  • public history (including archives, cultural resource management, historic homes, historic preservation, and museums)
  • social work

Employers of MTSU alumni

This information is still being compiled since this is a new major.

The Africana Studies major is offered as either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.), starting in 2017–18. Students who are considering a graduate degree in this field are strongly encouraged to complete the requirements for the B.A. in Africana Studies. 

Because Africana Studies is interdisciplinary, students have the unique opportunity to study with professors from diverse backgrounds and to learn in a diverse educational environment. Faculty who teach in the program are well published, having authored books and/or scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals.

All students must take a major field core of 24 hours, Africana Studies electives of 12 hours, and 41 hours of General Education classes and must have a minor (15–18 hours) in another subject area for either degree. Only B.A. students must fulfill a foreign language proficiency of 12 hours. Unrestricted electives account for remaining courses (13 hours for B.A., 25 hours for B.S.) 

In the AST 4600 senior seminar course, students will produce and present research projects (oral and written) to analyze a specific aspect of the black diasporic experience. Recognized scholars and leading figures also will visit campus as part of a planned distinguished lecture series. 

Noteworthy individuals who majored in African American or Africana Studies include actress Angela Bassett, astronaut/physician Mae Jemison, New Orleans former mayor Marc H. Morial, and Selma producer Ava DuVernay. 

Minors

An undergraduate interdisciplinary African American Studies minor, requiring 18 hours of coursework, is also available to MTSU students. The program of study exposes students to the history and culture of African-Americans in the United States and connects those experiences to the peoples of Africa, the Caribbean, and other parts of the Americas.

An African Studies interdisciplinary minor, housed in the Department of Political Science and International Relations, is another related option offered by the University. This 18-hour minor provides the opportunity for systematic and comprehensive study of African arts, cultures, economies, geography, history, literature, politics, and religions.

Africana Studies, B.A. Africana Studies, B.S.


Africana Studies, B.A.

Louis L. Woods
Louis.Woods@mtsu.edu
615-898-7987

The B.A. in Africana Studies is designed for students who want to learn about the history and culture of people of African descent throughout the diaspora, race relations, and socio-economic/political institutions. Courses cover international, contemporary, and historical issues across various disciplines, including political science, history, geography, literature, and philosophy.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Africana Studies, B.A., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

The following General Education course is required for this major:

  • ENGL 2020

Major Requirements (36 hours)

Major Courses (24 hours)

  • AAS 2100 - Introduction to African American Studies

    3 credit hours

    Introductory interdisciplinary survey course which examines the African American experience from enslavement through the present; social, religious, political, and cultural interactions evolving from that experience.

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

 

  • AAS 2040 - Survey African American History I

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 2040.) The role of African Americans in establishing and shaping the American nation. Covers their historical development and contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion.

  • HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 2040.) The role of African Americans in establishing and shaping the American nation. Covers their historical development and contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion.

  • AAS 2050 - Survey African American History II

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 2050.) The role of African Americans in shaping the American nation and creating a twentieth-century racial identity. Covers their historical development and examines their contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion.

  • HIST 2050 - Survey African American History II

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 2050.) The role of African Americans in shaping the American nation and creating a twentieth-century racial identity. Covers their historical development and examines their contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion.

 

  • AAS 3250 - Perspectives on Black Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Application of psychological principles to the personality development and behavior patterns of African Americans, in light of cultural heritage and contemporary events. Implications for assessment and counseling.

  • PSY 3250 - Perspectives on Black Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Application of psychological principles to the personality development and behavior patterns of African Americans, in light of cultural heritage and contemporary events. Implications for assessment and counseling.

 

  • AAS 3470 - Geography of Africa  3 credit hours  OR

    AAS 3470 - Geography of Africa

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the physical and cultural features of Africa, followed by a detailed study of the geographic regions of the continent.

  • GEOG 3470 - Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa

    3 credit hours

    Cultural and physical geography of Africa south of the Sahara Desert. Emphasis on geography of humans specifically their demographics, settlement patterns, urbanization, internal and external migrations, ethnicity and ethnic tensions, humans and natural resources, and globalization.

  • AAS 4430 - Sub-Saharan Africa  3 credit hours  OR

    AAS 4430 - Sub-Saharan Africa

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 4430.) Prerequisite: HIST 2040, HIST 2050, HIST 1010, HIST 1020, HIST 1110, or HIST 1120 or AAS 2040 or AAS 2050. Survey of the history of Africa from prehistoric times to the present. Emphasis on the early African kingdoms, European imperialism and colonialism, and the role of Africa as a contemporary world force.

  • HIST 4430 - Sub-Saharan Africa

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 4430.) Prerequisite: HIST 2040, HIST 2050, HIST 1010, HIST 1020, HIST 1110, or HIST 1120 or AAS 2040 or AAS 2050. Survey of the history of Africa from prehistoric times to the present. Emphasis on the early African kingdoms, European imperialism and colonialism, and the role of Africa as a contemporary world force.

 

  • PHIL 3500 - Philosophy, Race, and Society

    3 credit hours

    Examines sociopolitical and existential concerns of African Americans, especially in respect to issues of justice, equality, and the very meaning of life in a world of anti-black racism, against the backdrop of "enlightenment" philosophical discourse on race and personhood.

 

  • PS 3420 - African American Politics

    3 credit hours

    The unique history, content, and form of African American political participation; examines the nature of consequences of African American influence within, or exclusion from, the workings of various American political institutions; the nature and types of issues that influence contemporary discussions in American and African American politics related to the socioeconomic conditions of African Americans. Students who have taken PS 4390 - Special Topics in Political Science (Black Politics in America) may not take PS 3420 for credit.

  • AAS 3180 - African Politics  3 credit hours  OR

    AAS 3180 - African Politics

    3 credit hours

    (Same as PS 3180.) Prerequisite: PS 1010. Comparative study of the political systems, modernization efforts, and development problems of countries with different traditions or colonial pasts, selected from the continent of Africa.

  • PS 4180 - African Politics  3 credit hours  

    PS 4180 - African Politics

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 3180.) Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Comparative study of selected African political systems with different colonial traditions in the process of rapid change. The ideology and politics of development, political system forms and processes, modernization efforts, and the challenges of nation building.

 

  • AAS 4600 - Interdisciplinary Seminar in African American Studies

    3 credit hours

    Selected topics, issues, and problems in the African and African American experience. Course emphasis on primary source materials, critical reading, and critical analysis. Topics will vary. This course may not be repeated for additional credit hours in the minor.

Africana Studies Electives (12 hours)

To be selected in consultation with advisor according to student interest, career ambitions, and learning goals

  • AAS 3514 - People and Cultures of Africa

    3 credit hours

    (Same as ANTH 3514.) The diverse peoples and cultures of Africa. History, sociocultural system, and contemporary issues and impacts resulting from globalization from an anthropological perspective.

  • ANTH 3514 - Peoples and Cultures of Africa

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 3514.) The diverse peoples and cultures of Africa. History, sociocultural system, and contemporary issues and impacts resulting from globalization from an anthropological perspective.

 

  • AAS 4990 - Independent Study in African American Studies

    3 credit hours

    Allows the examination of a specific topic within the study of Africa, the Caribbean, or America. Student conducts research and confers regularly with the instructor. Work must draw upon theories and methods applicable to African American Studies. See the program director for guidelines. This course may not be repeated for additional credit hours in the minor.

  • ART 4870 - African Art  3 credit hours  

    ART 4870 - African Art

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ART 1910 or permission of instructor. Survey of visual art from the African continent and an examination of selected artists of the African diaspora. Discussion of ancient through contemporary artistic production, with focus upon nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

  • COMM 3560 - Intercultural Communication

    3 credit hours

    Examines how perceptions, values, norms of behavior, and communication patterns vary among cultures. Content emphasizes increased understanding and problem-solving techniques when people from different cultures interact.

 

  • AAS 3340 - The Black Experience in Modern Afro-American Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, AAS 2020 or HUM 2610. Defines and traces the development and transformations of the African American literary tradition. Emphasis on analysis of historical, literary, philosophical, and cultural contexts.

  • ENGL 3340 - African American Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Defines and traces the development and transformations of the African American literary tradition. Emphasis on analysis of historical, literary, philosophical, and cultural contexts.

 

  • ENGL 3450 - Studies in Narrative

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level  English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Examines the chronological and/or thematic development of at least two different types of narrative, representing at least two different continents.

  • ENGL 3735 - Black Women as Writers

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. A survey of black women's literary expressions and the historical and sociocultural factors that shape these women's artistic sensibilities and thematic concerns. Emphasis will be given to U.S. women writers.

  • ENGL 4900 - Selected Topics in Literature and Language

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. A selected author, genre, period, tradition, or context of literary or linguistic inquiry. The field will vary with instructor.

 

  • AAS 3470 - Geography of Africa  3 credit hours  OR

    AAS 3470 - Geography of Africa

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the physical and cultural features of Africa, followed by a detailed study of the geographic regions of the continent.

  • GEOG 3470 - Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa

    3 credit hours

    Cultural and physical geography of Africa south of the Sahara Desert. Emphasis on geography of humans specifically their demographics, settlement patterns, urbanization, internal and external migrations, ethnicity and ethnic tensions, humans and natural resources, and globalization.

 

  • GEOG 4500 - Geography of the Middle East and North Africa

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Situated at the intersection of Europe, Africa and Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa together form a complex and dynamic region linked by similarities such as environment, culture, and religion. Explores the geography of the region emphasizing current issues such as population and migration, religion, conflict, natural resources, geo-political alliances and globalization.

  • HIST 3030 - Topics in African American History

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Six hours of HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 2030. A seminar course exploring selected topics and problems in the African-American experience since 1619. Possible topics include the Great Migration, the life and work of Malcolm X, Pan-Africanism, Caribbean enslavement, the African American church, the African American woman, African American education, and the Harlem Renaissance.  May repeat for up to six credit hours.

  • HIST 3070 - Topics in World History

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Three hours of HIST 1010, HIST 1020, HIST 1110, or HIST 1120. A detailed examination of a topic pertinent to world history. Topics vary. May be taken more than once for credit with different topic.

  • HIST 4520 - Modern Latin America

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: HIST 1010, HIST 1020, HIST 1110, HIST 2040, HIST 2050. Nineteenth- and twentieth-century Latin America. Examines colonial background, then focuses on the post-Independence period. Explores economic, political, social, and cultural developments since Independence.

 

  • AAS 4430 - Sub-Saharan Africa  3 credit hours  OR

    AAS 4430 - Sub-Saharan Africa

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 4430.) Prerequisite: HIST 2040, HIST 2050, HIST 1010, HIST 1020, HIST 1110, or HIST 1120 or AAS 2040 or AAS 2050. Survey of the history of Africa from prehistoric times to the present. Emphasis on the early African kingdoms, European imperialism and colonialism, and the role of Africa as a contemporary world force.

  • HIST 4430 - Sub-Saharan Africa

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 4430.) Prerequisite: HIST 2040, HIST 2050, HIST 1010, HIST 1020, HIST 1110, or HIST 1120 or AAS 2040 or AAS 2050. Survey of the history of Africa from prehistoric times to the present. Emphasis on the early African kingdoms, European imperialism and colonialism, and the role of Africa as a contemporary world force.

 

  • AAS 4490 - Mexico and the Caribbean

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 4490.) The development of cultural, economic, and political traditions since 1492.

  • HIST 4490 - Mexico and the Caribbean

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 4490.) Prerequisite: Three hours of HIST 1010, HIST 1020, HIST 1110, or HIST 1120. The development of cultural, economic, and political traditions since 1492.

 

  • ANTH 4860 - Historical Archaeology

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 4860.) Prerequisites: HIST 1010 or HIST 1110 and HIST 1020 or HIST 1120. Disciplines of historical archaeology, including examination of archaeological evidence, historical documentation, and interpretation of evidence.

  • HIST 4860 - Historical Archaeology

    3 credit hours

    (Same as ANTH 4860.) Prerequisites: HIST 1010 or  HIST 1110 and HIST 1020 or HIST 1120. Disciplines of historical archaeology, including examination of archaeological evidence, historical documentation, and interpretation of evidence.

 

  • AAS 2040 - Survey African American History I

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 2040.) The role of African Americans in establishing and shaping the American nation. Covers their historical development and contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion.

  • HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 2040.) The role of African Americans in establishing and shaping the American nation. Covers their historical development and contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion.

 

  • AAS 2050 - Survey African American History II

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 2050.) The role of African Americans in shaping the American nation and creating a twentieth-century racial identity. Covers their historical development and examines their contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion.

  • HIST 2050 - Survey African American History II

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 2050.) The role of African Americans in shaping the American nation and creating a twentieth-century racial identity. Covers their historical development and examines their contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion.

 

  • AAS 4750 - African American Social and Intellectual History

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 4750.) The changing ideology of race and the socioeconomic status of African Americans in the American experience; contributions to the culture and institutions of the United States.

  • HIST 4750 - African American Social and Intellectual History

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 4750.) Prerequisites: Six hours of HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 2030. The changing ideology of race and the socioeconomic status of African Americans in the American experience; contributions to the culture and institutions of the United States.

 

  • AAS 4755 - Race and Place: The Struggle for Fair Housing Since 1900

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 4755.) Examines the rise of various twentieth-century federal housing policies that made homeownership affordable for most Americans for the first time in the country's history. Particular emphasis placed on the exclusionary nature of these policies, their generational implications, and the activism that ultimately contributed to their demise.

  • HIST 4755 - Race and Place: The Struggle for Fair Housing Since 1900

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 4755.) Prerequisites: HIST 2020 or HIST 2050. Examines the rise of various twentieth-century federal housing policies that made homeownership affordable for most Americans for the first time in the country's history. Particular emphasis placed on the exclusionary nature of these policies, their generational implications, and the activism that ultimately contributed to their demise.

 

  • HUM 3400 - Contemporary African Literature and Film

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 2020 or ENGL 2030 or HUM 2610 or permission of instructor. Explores thematic questions impacting postcolonial societies depicted in Sub-Saharan African literature and film.

  • JOUR 4820 - Race, Gender, and Class in Media

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 4820.) Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or permission of instructor. Critical examination of diversity in mass communication with particular emphasis on media representations of race, gender, and class. Also examines audience interpretations of media texts.

  • MUHL 4530 - History of Jazz  3 credit hours  

    MUHL 4530 - History of Jazz

    3 credit hours

    Study of the history and literature of jazz music including African roots, developments and aspects of style periods, and the contemporary state of jazz. Listening and analysis.

  • MUHL 4540 - History of Black Gospel Music

    3 credit hours

    Historical and cultural survey of black gospel music from its West African and European American antecedents to the present.  

  • PS 3170 - Civil Rights Policy and Politics

    3 credit hours

    Assesses the institutional impact--past and present--of the civil rights movement on American political institutions (the presidency, Congress, the courts, the executive cabinets, the administrative regulatory agencies, and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights). Events and topics include the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the 1991 Civil Rights Act, voter dilution, felony disenfranchisement and sentencing disparities, campaign finance reform, affirmative action, disability rights, gender discrimination, and majority-minority congressional districts.

  • PS 3420 - African American Politics

    3 credit hours

    The unique history, content, and form of African American political participation; examines the nature of consequences of African American influence within, or exclusion from, the workings of various American political institutions; the nature and types of issues that influence contemporary discussions in American and African American politics related to the socioeconomic conditions of African Americans. Students who have taken PS 4390 - Special Topics in Political Science (Black Politics in America) may not take PS 3420 for credit.

 

  • AAS 3180 - African Politics  3 credit hours  OR

    AAS 3180 - African Politics

    3 credit hours

    (Same as PS 3180.) Prerequisite: PS 1010. Comparative study of the political systems, modernization efforts, and development problems of countries with different traditions or colonial pasts, selected from the continent of Africa.

  • PS 4180 - African Politics  3 credit hours  *

    PS 4180 - African Politics

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 3180.) Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Comparative study of selected African political systems with different colonial traditions in the process of rapid change. The ideology and politics of development, political system forms and processes, modernization efforts, and the challenges of nation building.

 

  • PSY 4720 - Multicultural Perspectives in Psychology and Education

    3 credit hours

    Theories and research relative to the education of multiethnic/racial minorities. Relation of culture and socialization to learning styles, assessment practices, and counseling considerations.

  • SOC 4150 - Topics in Sociology

    3 credit hours

    An in-depth study of a special topic which is significant in current sociological literature.

 

  • AAS 3200 - Cultural Diversity: Competency for Practice

    3 credit hours

    (Same as SW 3200.) Prerequisites: SW 2570 and SW 2630. An examination of culturally appropriate practice issues that are essential considerations for effective service delivery, including African American families and ethnic subcultures predominant in the U.S.

  • SW 3200 - Cultural Diversity: Competency for Practice

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 3200.) Examines culturally appropriate practice issues that are essential considerations for effective service delivery, including African American families and ethnic subcultures predominant in the U.S.

 

  • AAS 4240 - Race and Ethnic Relations

    3 credit hours

    (Same as SOC 4240.) The dynamics of race and ethnic relations in the United States from a socio historic perspective.

  • SOC 4240 - Race and Ethnic Relations

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 4240.) The dynamics of race and ethnic relations in the United States from a socio historic perspective.

*Available as elective if not taken in core

Foreign Language Requirement (12 hours)

Minor (15-18 hours)

Electives (16-19 hours)

Total hours in program: 120

Curriculum: Africana Studies

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • AAS 2100 - Introduction to African American Studies

    3 credit hours

    Introductory interdisciplinary survey course which examines the African American experience from enslavement through the present; social, religious, political, and cultural interactions evolving from that experience.

  • Foreign language 1010 and 1020 6 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 8 credit hours

 

  • AAS 2040 - Survey African American History I

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 2040.) The role of African Americans in establishing and shaping the American nation. Covers their historical development and contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion.

  • HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 2040.) The role of African Americans in establishing and shaping the American nation. Covers their historical development and contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion.

  • AAS 2050 - Survey African American History II

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 2050.) The role of African Americans in shaping the American nation and creating a twentieth-century racial identity. Covers their historical development and examines their contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion.

  • HIST 2050 - Survey African American History II

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 2050.) The role of African Americans in shaping the American nation and creating a twentieth-century racial identity. Covers their historical development and examines their contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion.

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 32 Hours

Sophomore

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR (required for major)

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

 

  • Foreign language 2010 and 2020 6 credit hours
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (2 rubrics) 6 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts (2 rubrics) 6 credit hours
  • Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • Minor course 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Junior

  • PHIL 3500 - Philosophy, Race, and Society

    3 credit hours

    Examines sociopolitical and existential concerns of African Americans, especially in respect to issues of justice, equality, and the very meaning of life in a world of anti-black racism, against the backdrop of "enlightenment" philosophical discourse on race and personhood.

  • AAS upper-division elective 6 credit hours
  • Minor courses 6 credit hours
  • General electives 6 credit hours

 

  • AAS 3250 - Perspectives on Black Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Application of psychological principles to the personality development and behavior patterns of African Americans, in light of cultural heritage and contemporary events. Implications for assessment and counseling.

  • PSY 3250 - Perspectives on Black Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Application of psychological principles to the personality development and behavior patterns of African Americans, in light of cultural heritage and contemporary events. Implications for assessment and counseling.

 

  • AAS 3470 - Geography of Africa  3 credit hours  OR

    AAS 3470 - Geography of Africa

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the physical and cultural features of Africa, followed by a detailed study of the geographic regions of the continent.

  • GEOG 3470 - Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa

    3 credit hours

    Cultural and physical geography of Africa south of the Sahara Desert. Emphasis on geography of humans specifically their demographics, settlement patterns, urbanization, internal and external migrations, ethnicity and ethnic tensions, humans and natural resources, and globalization.

  • AAS 4430 - Sub-Saharan Africa  3 credit hours  OR

    AAS 4430 - Sub-Saharan Africa

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 4430.) Prerequisite: HIST 2040, HIST 2050, HIST 1010, HIST 1020, HIST 1110, or HIST 1120 or AAS 2040 or AAS 2050. Survey of the history of Africa from prehistoric times to the present. Emphasis on the early African kingdoms, European imperialism and colonialism, and the role of Africa as a contemporary world force.

  • HIST 4430 - Sub-Saharan Africa

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 4430.) Prerequisite: HIST 2040, HIST 2050, HIST 1010, HIST 1020, HIST 1110, or HIST 1120 or AAS 2040 or AAS 2050. Survey of the history of Africa from prehistoric times to the present. Emphasis on the early African kingdoms, European imperialism and colonialism, and the role of Africa as a contemporary world force.

 

  • AAS 3180 - African Politics  3 credit hours  OR

    AAS 3180 - African Politics

    3 credit hours

    (Same as PS 3180.) Prerequisite: PS 1010. Comparative study of the political systems, modernization efforts, and development problems of countries with different traditions or colonial pasts, selected from the continent of Africa.

  • PS 4180 - African Politics  3 credit hours  OR

    PS 4180 - African Politics

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 3180.) Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Comparative study of selected African political systems with different colonial traditions in the process of rapid change. The ideology and politics of development, political system forms and processes, modernization efforts, and the challenges of nation building.

  • PS 3420 - African American Politics

    3 credit hours

    The unique history, content, and form of African American political participation; examines the nature of consequences of African American influence within, or exclusion from, the workings of various American political institutions; the nature and types of issues that influence contemporary discussions in American and African American politics related to the socioeconomic conditions of African Americans. Students who have taken PS 4390 - Special Topics in Political Science (Black Politics in America) may not take PS 3420 for credit.

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Senior

  • AAS 4600 - Interdisciplinary Seminar in African American Studies

    3 credit hours

    Selected topics, issues, and problems in the African and African American experience. Course emphasis on primary source materials, critical reading, and critical analysis. Topics will vary. This course may not be repeated for additional credit hours in the minor.

  • Minor courses 6 credit hours
  • General electives 10 credit hours
  • General elective/minor course 3 credit hours
  • AAS upper-division electives 6 credit hours

Subtotal: 28 Hours


Africana Studies, B.S.

Louis L. Woods
Louis.Woods@mtsu.edu
615-898-7987

The B.S. in Africana Studies is designed for students who want to learn about the history and culture of people of African descent throughout the diaspora, race relations, and socio-economic/political institutions. Courses cover international, contemporary, and historical issues across various disciplines, including political science, history, geography, literature, and philosophy.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Africana Studies, B.S., Academic Map 

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

The following General Education course is required for this major:

  • ENGL 2020

Major Requirements (36 hours)

Major Courses (24 hours)

  • AAS 2100 - Introduction to African American Studies

    3 credit hours

    Introductory interdisciplinary survey course which examines the African American experience from enslavement through the present; social, religious, political, and cultural interactions evolving from that experience.

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

 

  • AAS 2040 - Survey African American History I

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 2040.) The role of African Americans in establishing and shaping the American nation. Covers their historical development and contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion.

  • HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 2040.) The role of African Americans in establishing and shaping the American nation. Covers their historical development and contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion.

  • AAS 2050 - Survey African American History II

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 2050.) The role of African Americans in shaping the American nation and creating a twentieth-century racial identity. Covers their historical development and examines their contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion.

  • HIST 2050 - Survey African American History II

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 2050.) The role of African Americans in shaping the American nation and creating a twentieth-century racial identity. Covers their historical development and examines their contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion.

 

  • AAS 3250 - Perspectives on Black Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Application of psychological principles to the personality development and behavior patterns of African Americans, in light of cultural heritage and contemporary events. Implications for assessment and counseling.

  • PSY 3250 - Perspectives on Black Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Application of psychological principles to the personality development and behavior patterns of African Americans, in light of cultural heritage and contemporary events. Implications for assessment and counseling.

 

  • AAS 3470 - Geography of Africa  3 credit hours  OR

    AAS 3470 - Geography of Africa

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the physical and cultural features of Africa, followed by a detailed study of the geographic regions of the continent.

  • GEOG 3470 - Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa

    3 credit hours

    Cultural and physical geography of Africa south of the Sahara Desert. Emphasis on geography of humans specifically their demographics, settlement patterns, urbanization, internal and external migrations, ethnicity and ethnic tensions, humans and natural resources, and globalization.

  • AAS 4430 - Sub-Saharan Africa  3 credit hours  OR

    AAS 4430 - Sub-Saharan Africa

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 4430.) Prerequisite: HIST 2040, HIST 2050, HIST 1010, HIST 1020, HIST 1110, or HIST 1120 or AAS 2040 or AAS 2050. Survey of the history of Africa from prehistoric times to the present. Emphasis on the early African kingdoms, European imperialism and colonialism, and the role of Africa as a contemporary world force.

  • HIST 4430 - Sub-Saharan Africa

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 4430.) Prerequisite: HIST 2040, HIST 2050, HIST 1010, HIST 1020, HIST 1110, or HIST 1120 or AAS 2040 or AAS 2050. Survey of the history of Africa from prehistoric times to the present. Emphasis on the early African kingdoms, European imperialism and colonialism, and the role of Africa as a contemporary world force.

 

  • PHIL 3500 - Philosophy, Race, and Society

    3 credit hours

    Examines sociopolitical and existential concerns of African Americans, especially in respect to issues of justice, equality, and the very meaning of life in a world of anti-black racism, against the backdrop of "enlightenment" philosophical discourse on race and personhood.

 

  • PS 3420 - African American Politics

    3 credit hours

    The unique history, content, and form of African American political participation; examines the nature of consequences of African American influence within, or exclusion from, the workings of various American political institutions; the nature and types of issues that influence contemporary discussions in American and African American politics related to the socioeconomic conditions of African Americans. Students who have taken PS 4390 - Special Topics in Political Science (Black Politics in America) may not take PS 3420 for credit.

  • AAS 3180 - African Politics  3 credit hours  OR

    AAS 3180 - African Politics

    3 credit hours

    (Same as PS 3180.) Prerequisite: PS 1010. Comparative study of the political systems, modernization efforts, and development problems of countries with different traditions or colonial pasts, selected from the continent of Africa.

  • PS 4180 - African Politics  3 credit hours  

    PS 4180 - African Politics

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 3180.) Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Comparative study of selected African political systems with different colonial traditions in the process of rapid change. The ideology and politics of development, political system forms and processes, modernization efforts, and the challenges of nation building.

 

  • AAS 4600 - Interdisciplinary Seminar in African American Studies

    3 credit hours

    Selected topics, issues, and problems in the African and African American experience. Course emphasis on primary source materials, critical reading, and critical analysis. Topics will vary. This course may not be repeated for additional credit hours in the minor.

Africana Studies Electives (12 hours)

To be selected in consultation with advisor according to student interest, career ambitions, and learning goals

  • AAS 3514 - People and Cultures of Africa

    3 credit hours

    (Same as ANTH 3514.) The diverse peoples and cultures of Africa. History, sociocultural system, and contemporary issues and impacts resulting from globalization from an anthropological perspective.

  • ANTH 3514 - Peoples and Cultures of Africa

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 3514.) The diverse peoples and cultures of Africa. History, sociocultural system, and contemporary issues and impacts resulting from globalization from an anthropological perspective.

 

  • AAS 4990 - Independent Study in African American Studies

    3 credit hours

    Allows the examination of a specific topic within the study of Africa, the Caribbean, or America. Student conducts research and confers regularly with the instructor. Work must draw upon theories and methods applicable to African American Studies. See the program director for guidelines. This course may not be repeated for additional credit hours in the minor.

  • ART 4870 - African Art  3 credit hours  

    ART 4870 - African Art

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ART 1910 or permission of instructor. Survey of visual art from the African continent and an examination of selected artists of the African diaspora. Discussion of ancient through contemporary artistic production, with focus upon nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

  • COMM 3560 - Intercultural Communication

    3 credit hours

    Examines how perceptions, values, norms of behavior, and communication patterns vary among cultures. Content emphasizes increased understanding and problem-solving techniques when people from different cultures interact.

 

  • AAS 3340 - The Black Experience in Modern Afro-American Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, AAS 2020 or HUM 2610. Defines and traces the development and transformations of the African American literary tradition. Emphasis on analysis of historical, literary, philosophical, and cultural contexts.

  • ENGL 3340 - African American Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Defines and traces the development and transformations of the African American literary tradition. Emphasis on analysis of historical, literary, philosophical, and cultural contexts.

 

  • ENGL 3450 - Studies in Narrative

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level  English requirements with a grade of C- or better. Examines the chronological and/or thematic development of at least two different types of narrative, representing at least two different continents.

  • ENGL 3735 - Black Women as Writers

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. A survey of black women's literary expressions and the historical and sociocultural factors that shape these women's artistic sensibilities and thematic concerns. Emphasis will be given to U.S. women writers.

  • ENGL 4900 - Selected Topics in Literature and Language

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better. A selected author, genre, period, tradition, or context of literary or linguistic inquiry. The field will vary with instructor.

 

  • AAS 3470 - Geography of Africa  3 credit hours  OR

    AAS 3470 - Geography of Africa

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the physical and cultural features of Africa, followed by a detailed study of the geographic regions of the continent.

  • GEOG 3470 - Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa

    3 credit hours

    Cultural and physical geography of Africa south of the Sahara Desert. Emphasis on geography of humans specifically their demographics, settlement patterns, urbanization, internal and external migrations, ethnicity and ethnic tensions, humans and natural resources, and globalization.

 

  • GEOG 4500 - Geography of the Middle East and North Africa

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Situated at the intersection of Europe, Africa and Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa together form a complex and dynamic region linked by similarities such as environment, culture, and religion. Explores the geography of the region emphasizing current issues such as population and migration, religion, conflict, natural resources, geo-political alliances and globalization.

  • HIST 3030 - Topics in African American History

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Six hours of HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 2030. A seminar course exploring selected topics and problems in the African-American experience since 1619. Possible topics include the Great Migration, the life and work of Malcolm X, Pan-Africanism, Caribbean enslavement, the African American church, the African American woman, African American education, and the Harlem Renaissance.  May repeat for up to six credit hours.

  • HIST 3070 - Topics in World History

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Three hours of HIST 1010, HIST 1020, HIST 1110, or HIST 1120. A detailed examination of a topic pertinent to world history. Topics vary. May be taken more than once for credit with different topic.

  • HIST 4520 - Modern Latin America

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: HIST 1010, HIST 1020, HIST 1110, HIST 2040, HIST 2050. Nineteenth- and twentieth-century Latin America. Examines colonial background, then focuses on the post-Independence period. Explores economic, political, social, and cultural developments since Independence.

 

  • AAS 4430 - Sub-Saharan Africa  3 credit hours  OR

    AAS 4430 - Sub-Saharan Africa

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 4430.) Prerequisite: HIST 2040, HIST 2050, HIST 1010, HIST 1020, HIST 1110, or HIST 1120 or AAS 2040 or AAS 2050. Survey of the history of Africa from prehistoric times to the present. Emphasis on the early African kingdoms, European imperialism and colonialism, and the role of Africa as a contemporary world force.

  • HIST 4430 - Sub-Saharan Africa

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 4430.) Prerequisite: HIST 2040, HIST 2050, HIST 1010, HIST 1020, HIST 1110, or HIST 1120 or AAS 2040 or AAS 2050. Survey of the history of Africa from prehistoric times to the present. Emphasis on the early African kingdoms, European imperialism and colonialism, and the role of Africa as a contemporary world force.

 

  • AAS 4490 - Mexico and the Caribbean

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 4490.) The development of cultural, economic, and political traditions since 1492.

  • HIST 4490 - Mexico and the Caribbean

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 4490.) Prerequisite: Three hours of HIST 1010, HIST 1020, HIST 1110, or HIST 1120. The development of cultural, economic, and political traditions since 1492.

 

  • ANTH 4860 - Historical Archaeology

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 4860.) Prerequisites: HIST 1010 or HIST 1110 and HIST 1020 or HIST 1120. Disciplines of historical archaeology, including examination of archaeological evidence, historical documentation, and interpretation of evidence.

  • HIST 4860 - Historical Archaeology

    3 credit hours

    (Same as ANTH 4860.) Prerequisites: HIST 1010 or  HIST 1110 and HIST 1020 or HIST 1120. Disciplines of historical archaeology, including examination of archaeological evidence, historical documentation, and interpretation of evidence.

 

  • AAS 2040 - Survey African American History I

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 2040.) The role of African Americans in establishing and shaping the American nation. Covers their historical development and contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion.

  • HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 2040.) The role of African Americans in establishing and shaping the American nation. Covers their historical development and contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion.

 

  • AAS 2050 - Survey African American History II

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 2050.) The role of African Americans in shaping the American nation and creating a twentieth-century racial identity. Covers their historical development and examines their contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion.

  • HIST 2050 - Survey African American History II

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 2050.) The role of African Americans in shaping the American nation and creating a twentieth-century racial identity. Covers their historical development and examines their contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion.

 

  • AAS 4750 - African American Social and Intellectual History

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 4750.) The changing ideology of race and the socioeconomic status of African Americans in the American experience; contributions to the culture and institutions of the United States.

  • HIST 4750 - African American Social and Intellectual History

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 4750.) Prerequisites: Six hours of HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 2030. The changing ideology of race and the socioeconomic status of African Americans in the American experience; contributions to the culture and institutions of the United States.

 

  • AAS 4755 - Race and Place: The Struggle for Fair Housing Since 1900

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 4755.) Examines the rise of various twentieth-century federal housing policies that made homeownership affordable for most Americans for the first time in the country's history. Particular emphasis placed on the exclusionary nature of these policies, their generational implications, and the activism that ultimately contributed to their demise.

  • HIST 4755 - Race and Place: The Struggle for Fair Housing Since 1900

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 4755.) Prerequisites: HIST 2020 or HIST 2050. Examines the rise of various twentieth-century federal housing policies that made homeownership affordable for most Americans for the first time in the country's history. Particular emphasis placed on the exclusionary nature of these policies, their generational implications, and the activism that ultimately contributed to their demise.

 

  • HUM 3400 - Contemporary African Literature and Film

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 2020 or ENGL 2030 or HUM 2610 or permission of instructor. Explores thematic questions impacting postcolonial societies depicted in Sub-Saharan African literature and film.

  • JOUR 4820 - Race, Gender, and Class in Media

    3 credit hours

    (Same as EMC 4820.) Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or permission of instructor. Critical examination of diversity in mass communication with particular emphasis on media representations of race, gender, and class. Also examines audience interpretations of media texts.

  • MUHL 4530 - History of Jazz  3 credit hours  

    MUHL 4530 - History of Jazz

    3 credit hours

    Study of the history and literature of jazz music including African roots, developments and aspects of style periods, and the contemporary state of jazz. Listening and analysis.

  • MUHL 4540 - History of Black Gospel Music

    3 credit hours

    Historical and cultural survey of black gospel music from its West African and European American antecedents to the present.  

  • PS 3170 - Civil Rights Policy and Politics

    3 credit hours

    Assesses the institutional impact--past and present--of the civil rights movement on American political institutions (the presidency, Congress, the courts, the executive cabinets, the administrative regulatory agencies, and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights). Events and topics include the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the 1991 Civil Rights Act, voter dilution, felony disenfranchisement and sentencing disparities, campaign finance reform, affirmative action, disability rights, gender discrimination, and majority-minority congressional districts.

  • PS 3420 - African American Politics

    3 credit hours

    The unique history, content, and form of African American political participation; examines the nature of consequences of African American influence within, or exclusion from, the workings of various American political institutions; the nature and types of issues that influence contemporary discussions in American and African American politics related to the socioeconomic conditions of African Americans. Students who have taken PS 4390 - Special Topics in Political Science (Black Politics in America) may not take PS 3420 for credit.

 

  • AAS 3180 - African Politics  3 credit hours  OR

    AAS 3180 - African Politics

    3 credit hours

    (Same as PS 3180.) Prerequisite: PS 1010. Comparative study of the political systems, modernization efforts, and development problems of countries with different traditions or colonial pasts, selected from the continent of Africa.

  • PS 4180 - African Politics  3 credit hours  *

    PS 4180 - African Politics

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 3180.) Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Comparative study of selected African political systems with different colonial traditions in the process of rapid change. The ideology and politics of development, political system forms and processes, modernization efforts, and the challenges of nation building.

 

  • PSY 4720 - Multicultural Perspectives in Psychology and Education

    3 credit hours

    Theories and research relative to the education of multiethnic/racial minorities. Relation of culture and socialization to learning styles, assessment practices, and counseling considerations.

  • SOC 4150 - Topics in Sociology

    3 credit hours

    An in-depth study of a special topic which is significant in current sociological literature.

 

  • AAS 3200 - Cultural Diversity: Competency for Practice

    3 credit hours

    (Same as SW 3200.) Prerequisites: SW 2570 and SW 2630. An examination of culturally appropriate practice issues that are essential considerations for effective service delivery, including African American families and ethnic subcultures predominant in the U.S.

  • SW 3200 - Cultural Diversity: Competency for Practice

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 3200.) Examines culturally appropriate practice issues that are essential considerations for effective service delivery, including African American families and ethnic subcultures predominant in the U.S.

 

  • AAS 4240 - Race and Ethnic Relations

    3 credit hours

    (Same as SOC 4240.) The dynamics of race and ethnic relations in the United States from a socio historic perspective.

  • SOC 4240 - Race and Ethnic Relations

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 4240.) The dynamics of race and ethnic relations in the United States from a socio historic perspective.

*Available as elective if not take in core

Minor (15-18 hours)

Electives (28-31 hours)

Total hours in program: 120

Curriculum: Africana Studies

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • AAS 2100 - Introduction to African American Studies

    3 credit hours

    Introductory interdisciplinary survey course which examines the African American experience from enslavement through the present; social, religious, political, and cultural interactions evolving from that experience.

  • General electives 6 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 8 credit hours

 

  • AAS 2040 - Survey African American History I

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 2040.) The role of African Americans in establishing and shaping the American nation. Covers their historical development and contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion.

  • HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 2040.) The role of African Americans in establishing and shaping the American nation. Covers their historical development and contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion.

  • AAS 2050 - Survey African American History II

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 2050.) The role of African Americans in shaping the American nation and creating a twentieth-century racial identity. Covers their historical development and examines their contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion.

  • HIST 2050 - Survey African American History II

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 2050.) The role of African Americans in shaping the American nation and creating a twentieth-century racial identity. Covers their historical development and examines their contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion.

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 32 Hours

Sophomore

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR (required for major)

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

 

  • General electives 6 credit hours
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (2 rubrics) 6 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts (2 rubrics) 6 credit hours
  • Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • Minor course 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Junior

  • PHIL 3500 - Philosophy, Race, and Society

    3 credit hours

    Examines sociopolitical and existential concerns of African Americans, especially in respect to issues of justice, equality, and the very meaning of life in a world of anti-black racism, against the backdrop of "enlightenment" philosophical discourse on race and personhood.

  • AAS upper-division electives 6 credit hours
  • Minor courses 6 credit hours
  • General electives 6 credit hours

 

  • AAS 3250 - Perspectives on Black Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Application of psychological principles to the personality development and behavior patterns of African Americans, in light of cultural heritage and contemporary events. Implications for assessment and counseling.

  • PSY 3250 - Perspectives on Black Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Application of psychological principles to the personality development and behavior patterns of African Americans, in light of cultural heritage and contemporary events. Implications for assessment and counseling.

 

  • AAS 3470 - Geography of Africa  3 credit hours  OR

    AAS 3470 - Geography of Africa

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the physical and cultural features of Africa, followed by a detailed study of the geographic regions of the continent.

  • GEOG 3470 - Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa

    3 credit hours

    Cultural and physical geography of Africa south of the Sahara Desert. Emphasis on geography of humans specifically their demographics, settlement patterns, urbanization, internal and external migrations, ethnicity and ethnic tensions, humans and natural resources, and globalization.

  • AAS 4430 - Sub-Saharan Africa  3 credit hours  OR

    AAS 4430 - Sub-Saharan Africa

    3 credit hours

    (Same as HIST 4430.) Prerequisite: HIST 2040, HIST 2050, HIST 1010, HIST 1020, HIST 1110, or HIST 1120 or AAS 2040 or AAS 2050. Survey of the history of Africa from prehistoric times to the present. Emphasis on the early African kingdoms, European imperialism and colonialism, and the role of Africa as a contemporary world force.

  • HIST 4430 - Sub-Saharan Africa

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 4430.) Prerequisite: HIST 2040, HIST 2050, HIST 1010, HIST 1020, HIST 1110, or HIST 1120 or AAS 2040 or AAS 2050. Survey of the history of Africa from prehistoric times to the present. Emphasis on the early African kingdoms, European imperialism and colonialism, and the role of Africa as a contemporary world force.

 

  • AAS 3180 - African Politics  3 credit hours  OR

    AAS 3180 - African Politics

    3 credit hours

    (Same as PS 3180.) Prerequisite: PS 1010. Comparative study of the political systems, modernization efforts, and development problems of countries with different traditions or colonial pasts, selected from the continent of Africa.

  • PS 4180 - African Politics  3 credit hours  OR

    PS 4180 - African Politics

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 3180.) Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Comparative study of selected African political systems with different colonial traditions in the process of rapid change. The ideology and politics of development, political system forms and processes, modernization efforts, and the challenges of nation building.

  • PS 3420 - African American Politics

    3 credit hours

    The unique history, content, and form of African American political participation; examines the nature of consequences of African American influence within, or exclusion from, the workings of various American political institutions; the nature and types of issues that influence contemporary discussions in American and African American politics related to the socioeconomic conditions of African Americans. Students who have taken PS 4390 - Special Topics in Political Science (Black Politics in America) may not take PS 3420 for credit.

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Senior

  • AAS 4600 - Interdisciplinary Seminar in African American Studies

    3 credit hours

    Selected topics, issues, and problems in the African and African American experience. Course emphasis on primary source materials, critical reading, and critical analysis. Topics will vary. This course may not be repeated for additional credit hours in the minor.

  • Minor courses 6 credit hours
  • General electives 10 credit hours
  • General elective/minor course 3 credit hours
  • AAS upper-division electives 6 credit hours

Subtotal: 28 Hours

The interdisciplinary nature of this program allows students to choose from a variety of courses. Specific course numbers are included under the Requirements tab. Clicking on a course number opens the course description.

Contact and Student Information

Louis L. Woods
Louis.Woods@mtsu.edu
615-494-7987

Louis L. Woods
Louis.Woods@mtsu.edu
615-494-7987

Africana Studies Program
MTSU Box 121
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37132

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