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  Nov 24, 2017
 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Africana Studies, BA


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Africana Studies is the study, research, interpretation, and dissemination of knowledge concerning African American, African, and Caribbean affairs and culture. Using the tools of the social sciences and humanities, Africana Studies examines the structure, organization, problems, and perspectives of Blacks in Africa and the African Diaspora. Africana Studies also stresses analytical interpretations and policy prescriptions for social change in African American communities and in various African and Caribbean nations. The term Africana incorporates the three-tier interdisciplinary thrust of the department: African, African American, and Caribbean social sciences and humanities.

Africana Studies prepares social science majors for advanced graduate studies in international affairs, education, social work, social policy studies, and legal and professional training. In the humanities, preparation in the creative arts and literature gears students to practical development in such fields as communication, teaching, theater, and dance. Africana Studies occupies a central role in understanding modern American life and African and Caribbean linkages. As an interdisciplinary major, Africana Studies offers intellectual paradigms for the multicultural approach to historical, political, and economic reality. It is also critical and corrective of the inadequacies, omissions, and distortions of mainstream American education leading into the 21st century. Africana Studies is committed to producing liberally educated women and men with a lifetime dedication to working on African American, African, and Caribbean affairs. For more information on the major and the Department of Africana Studies, see the department’s Web site at www.africanastudies.pitt.edu.

Major Requirements


Students are urged to meet with the departmental advisor no later than the beginning of the junior year to confirm a plan of study. The Africana studies major requires:

A total of 30 credits with a focused area of study in either humanities or social science. A 2.0 grade point average in all Africana Studies courses is required for graduation. The department does not permit courses for the major to be taken on an S/NC basis.

Humanities Concentration


Seven courses as follows; see the lists below for specific courses.

  • Two lower level AFRCNA humanities courses
  • Three upper level AFRCNA humanities courses
  • One lower level AFRCNA social science course
  • One upper level AFRCNA social science course
     

Social Sciences Concentration


Seven courses as follows; see the lists below for specific courses.

  • Two lower level AFRCNA social science courses
  • Three upper level AFRCNA social science courses
  • One lower level AFRCNA humanities course
  • One upper level AFRCNA humanities course
     

Lower-level courses


Upper-level courses


Additional requirements


For the Dietrich School required related area outside the major, students might consider completing the related area in a single department as it may lead to the option of a double major.

Students must complete one of their required writing-intensive (W) course in the major.

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