Africana Studies



Africana Studies

Africana Studies at Connecticut College employs an interdisciplinary and transnational approach to the study of peoples in Africa and throughout the African diaspora  The departments of Anthropology, Art History, Dance, Economics, Education, English, Film Studies, French, Government, History, Hispanic Studies, Human Development, Music, Philosophy, and Sociology contribute courses to this program covering Africa, North and South America, the Caribbean, and Europe.  Africana Studies critically engages the historic and contemporary life, thought and cultures of African peoples.  Africana Studies seeks to explore the linkages among African peoples while also highlighting a multiplicity of experiences through the lenses of issues such as class, ethnicity, gender, nation, and sexuality.

As a discipline, Africana Studies represents a tradition of intellectual inquiry that grew out of the black freedom struggle and is therefore concerned with the issues of slavery, colonialism, racism and shifting notions of blackness. It is a dynamic and expansive field that interrogates the migration patterns and complex global realities of people of African descent. 

The Africana Studies major and minor are interdisciplinary and transnational, and are designed for students to examine the universal and particular experiences of people of African descent.

The Major in Africana Studies

The major consists of eleven courses, including Course 201.  Students are strongly advised to take Course 201 before enrolling in any further courses for the major.  At least six courses for the major must be taken from the list of core courses below.  These must include:

  • At least one course in each of three geographical areas:  continental Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States.
  • At least one course in each of three disciplinary areas:  Cultural Production and Expression, Historical Investigation, and Social and Structural Analysis.
  • At least three courses at the 300 level or above.

Students may take as many as three courses from the list of electives below; such courses must be approved by the program director or disciplinary adviser.  In addition, students must complete either an individualstudy or an honors study in Africana Studies.

The Minor in Africana Studies

The minor consists of five courses, including Course 201.  Students are strongly advised to take Course 201 before enrolling in any further courses for the minor.  The four remaining courses for the minor must be taken from the core courses listed below.  These must include:

  • At least one course in each of three geographical areas:  continental Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States.
  • At least one course in each of three disciplinary areas:  Cultural Production and Expression, Historical Investigation, and Social and Structural Analysis.
  • At least one course at the 300 level or above.

Core Courses

Core courses in Africana Studies are centered on the historical, social, and cultural experiences of peoples of the African diaspora.

Anthropology 240, 260, 402; Art History 206, 356; Dance 118, 162, 165, 262, 265; Economics 341; Education 270; English 123, 242, 311, 326, 493H, 494H; Film Studies 335; French 240, 314, 325, 328, 407, 420, 422, 435; Freshman Seminar 143G, 144F, 174E; Government 230, 324; Hispanic Studies 310, 329, 330; History 103, 114, 205, 206, 212, 216, 225, 227, 250, 253, 304, 309, 330, 331, 415, 416, 458, 460, 467, 468; Human Development 321, 402; Music 117, 207; Philosophy 276; Sociology 203, 205, 208, 293, 310, 408.

Geographical Areas for the Core Courses:

Continental Africa:  Art History 206, 356; Dance 118, 162, 262, 265; English 311; French 314, 325, 328, 420, 422; Government 230, 324; History 103, 250, 253, 415.

Caribbean:  Anthropology 260, 402; Dance 165, 265; French 314, 407; Hispanic Studies 310, 329, 330; History 114, 212, 216, 331, 416.

United States:  Education 270; English 123, 326, 493H, 494H; History 205, 206, 225, 227, 309, 330, 458, 460, 467, 468; Human Development 321, 402; Music 117, 207; Philosophy 276; Sociology 203, 205, 208, 293, 310, 408.

Disciplinary Areas for the Core Courses:

Cultural Production and Expression:  Art History 206, 356; Dance 118, 162, 165, 262, 265; English 123, 242, 311, 326, 493H, 494H; Film Studies 335; French 314, 325, 328, 407, 420, 422, 435; Hispanic Studies 310, 329, 330; Music 117, 207.

Historical Investigation:  History 103, 114, 205, 206, 212, 216, 225, 227, 250, 253, 304, 309, 330, 331, 415, 416, 458, 460, 467, 468.

Social and Structural Analysis:  Anthropology 240, 260, 402; Economics 341; Education 270; Government 230, 324; Human Development 321, 402; Philosophy 276; Sociology 203, 205, 208, 293, 310, 408.

Elective Courses

Elective courses in Africana Studies deal with topics relating to the study of the African diaspora, but are not centered upon the Africana experience.

Art History 452; Comparative Race and Ethnicity 209; Dance 145, 147, 148, 434; Economics 234, 430; English 337; Film Studies 360; History 105, 203, 209, 213, 214, 215, 217, 218, 219, 242, 248, 257, 341, 450, 457, 476; Human Development 314; Music 103, 108, 229; Philosophy 207; Religious Studies 252, 259; Sociology 414.

Courses

AFRICANA STUDIES  201  INTRODUCTION TO AFRICANA STUDIES  An introduction to the methods and objectives of Africana Studies.  The course is concerned with issues of slavery, colonialism, racism, shifting notions of blackness, and the complex global realities of people of African descent. 

               Enrollment limited to 40 students.  This course satisfies General Education Area 3 and is a designated Writing course.  D. Canton

AFRICANA STUDIES  209  INTERSECTIONAL IDENTITIES IN AMERICAN FILM AND MEDIA  This is the same course as American Studies/Comparative Race and Ethnicity/Film Studies 209/Gender and Women's Studies 213.  Refer to the Film Studies listing for a course description.

AFRICANA STUDIES  491, 492  INDIVIDUAL STUDY

AFRICANA STUDIES  497, 498  HONORS STUDY