Requirements for the Major in Africana Studies (AFS)

The major in Africana Studies leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. All courses for the major, except those graded S/U, must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher.

Completion of the major requires 39 credits, including at least 21 upper-division credits (from courses numbered 300 or higher). Courses taken pass/fail with an AFS or AFH designator (283, 475, 476, and 488) are considered enhancements to the major experience but do not count towards major requirements. They may fulfill university requirements.

1. Foundation Courses

AFS 101, 102  Themes in the Black Experience I, II

2. Two courses from each of the following areas (at least two courses selected from 200-level courses, and at least five upper-division courses at the 300 or 400-level):

a. Africana Studies in the Humanities

b. Africana Studies in the Social Sciences

c. The African American Experience

d. The Global African Experience

3. Three credits in AFH 447 or AFS 447 Readings in Africana Studies or AFH 487 or AFS 487  Research in Africana Studies taken in the junior or senior year. Seniors are required to present their research orally to the AFS faculty.

4. Two additional AFS or AFH courses at the 300 or 400 level, or two upper-division courses outside of the department (approval of the undergraduate studies director is necessary when taking courses outside of the department for major credit).

5. Upper-Division Writing Requirement Africana Studies Majors are required to submit a writing sample completed for an upper-division course in the Africana Studies Department and must submit evaluation forms signed by a professor with grades of B or higher.  Students must inform the instructor of the courses in advance of their plan to use the paper(s) in fulfillment of the writing requirement for the major. A minimum of 15 pages of material must be submitted.

Notes:

1. Students are recommended, but not required, to take AFS 491 Interdisciplinary Seminar.

2. Students must take at least two 200-level courses in Africana Studies prior to beginning their junior year.

3. Only six credits of directed readings or independent study courses (courses numbered 447 and 487) may be used toward the major.

4. The following courses may not be used to fulfill major requirements: AFS 283, AFS 475, AFS 476, AFS 488; AFH 475, AFH 476.

5. Transfer students must take at least 12 credits of upper-division Africana Studies courses in residence at Stony Brook to complete the AFS major.

Departmental Honors Program

Departmental majors with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.33 in Africana Studies courses as specified in the major requirements and an overall G.P.A. of 3.0 are eligible to enroll in the Africana Studies Honors program at the beginning of their senior year.

The student must submit a proposal to the Department indicating the merit of the proposed research after asking a faculty member to be a sponsor for the project. This should be done in the semester prior to beginning the project.  The faculty sponsor must submit a statement of support for the proposal.

The resulting project is read and evaluated by a committee consisting of the faculty sponsor and two faculty members (one may be a member of a department outside of Africana Studies). If the honors project is completed successfully, honors are conferred. 

Requirements for the Minor in Africana Studies (AFS)

The minor in Africana Studies is intended for students interested in exploring aspects of the Black experience in ways that relate to their own major field of study. The sequence of lower- and upper-division courses gives the student a well-balanced analysis of the varied aspects of the African and African American experience. All courses offered for the minor, except those graded S/U, must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher.

Completion of the minor requires 21 credits, including 12 upper-division credits.

1. AFS 101, AFS 102  Themes in the Black Experience I, II

2. One course from each of the following areas (see above):

  • a. Africana Studies in the Humanities
  • b. Africana Studies in the Social Sciences
  • c. The African-American Experience
  • d. The Global African Experience

3. One additional upper-division course selected from one of the areas listed in requirement 2.

4. Three credits in AFH 447 or AFS 447 Readings in Africana Studies or AFH 487 or AFS 487  Research in Africana Studies taken in the junior or senior year.