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Program of Study (CAS Bulletin)

Major

The Africana studies major comprises introductory, elective, and research components, which together make up a total of eleven 4-point courses (44 points), as laid out below.

Two introductory courses—may be taken in any order:

  • Concepts in Social and Cultural Analysis (SCA-UA 1)
  • One of the following: Approaches to Africana Studies (SCA-UA 101; offered periodically) or Cultures and Contexts: Africa (CORE-UA 505; offered every year) or Cultures and Contexts: The African Diaspora (CORE-UA 532; offered every year) or Cultures and Contexts: The Black Atlantic (CORE-UA 534; offered every year)
Seven elective courses—six designated Africana Studies electives focusing on at least three of the areas listed below:
  • Social science: anthropology, economics, linguistics, political science, psychology, and sociology
  • Humanities: history, literature, music, philosophy, religion, and African languages
  • Arts: art history, dance, dramatic writing, film/cinema studies, music, performance studies, photography, studio art, and theatre
  • Science: medicine, dentistry, psychology, and public health

Internship Fieldwork and Internship Seminar (SCA-UA 40/SCA-UA 42) are no longer required but highly recommended and together can count as an elective; one Africana language course can count as an elective if taught by SCA faculty.

One common elective (a list will be available each semester.)

Two research core courses:

  • Strategies in Social and Cultural Analysis (SCA-UA 20)
  • Senior Research Seminar (SCA-UA 90)

A note about language/linguistic competency: The type of rigorous intercultural study promoted within the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis requires students to recognize the complex modes of communication at work both within and across different social groups. Studying the modern incarnation of these languages also reveals the cross-cultural and historical forces that have shaped them.

The department therefore strongly encourages its students to develop advanced skills in Swahili, Twi, Yoruba, and/or any of the indigenous languages spoken in Africa, or creole languages (e.g., Haitian Creole) spoken throughout the African Diaspora. This can be achieved by any of the following means: taking elective courses in sociolinguistics; studying these languages beyond the minimum level required by the College of Arts and Science; pursuing community-based internship fieldwork necessitating the development and use of specific language skills; or undertaking study or research abroad, especially at the NYU-Accra site, in contexts entailing the exercise of key language or linguistic capabilities.


Minor

Five courses (20 points) are required for the minor in Africana studies. Students must take one of the following introductory courses: Approaches to Africana Studies (SCA-UA 101; offered periodically), or Cultures and Contexts: Africa (CORE-UA 505; offered every year), or Cultures and Contexts: The African Diaspora (CORE-UA 532; offered every year), or Cultures and Contexts: The Black Atlantic (CORE-UA 534; offered every year), plus four designated Africana studies elective courses. One Africana language course can count as an elective if taught by SCA faculty.


Honors

Majors who have completed 48 points of graded work in CAS and have a 3.65 GPA or higher (both overall and in the major) are encouraged to register for Senior Honors Seminar (SCA-UA 92) in the fall semester of their senior year. Upon successful completion of the seminar requirements, students will be eligible to register for Senior Honors Thesis (SCA-UA 93) in the spring. Information about honors can be found at http://sca.as.nyu.edu/object/sca.related.honors.