Program of Study (CAS Bulletin)
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—can 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) or Cultures and Contexts: Africa (MAP-UA 505) or Cultures and Contexts: The African Diaspora (MAP-UA 532) or Cultures and Contexts: The Black Atlantic (MAP-UA 534)
- 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
Plus two common electives. (A list will be available each semester.)
Two research core courses:
- Internship Fieldwork and Internship Seminar (SCA-UA 40 and SCA-UA 42), related to Africana studies
- 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 (SCA) requires students to recognize the complex modes of communication at work both within and across different social groups. The department therefore strongly encourages its students to develop advanced skills in language and linguistics by any of the following means: taking elective courses in sociolinguistics; studying a language other than English beyond the minimum level required by the College of Arts and Science; studying languages especially germane to the department’s fields of study; pursuing community-based internship fieldwork necessitating the development and use of specific language skills; or undertaking study or research abroad in contexts entailing the exercise of key language or linguistic capabilities.
Five courses (20 points) are required for the minor in Africana studies. Students minoring in Africana studies must take one of the following introductory courses: Approaches to Africana Studies (SCA-UA 101), or Cultures and Contexts: Africa (MAP-UA 505), or Cultures and Contexts: The African Diaspora (MAP-UA 532), or Cultures and Contexts: The Black Atlantic (MAP-UA 534), plus four designated Africana studies elective courses.
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 semester. Information about honors can be found at http://sca.as.nyu.edu/object/sca.related.honors.