Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Africana Studies

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

Additional curriculum requirements:

Required for the major—39 credits:
AFST 1001Introduction to Africana Studies (taken within three semesters of declaring the major)
African American studies:
HIST 3360African American History to 1865
SOC 2179Race and Minority Relations
ENGL 3570Nineteenth-Century Black Literature
or ENGL 3950 Cultural Theory and Black Studies
Another course from the following designated courses: *
AMST 2440The American City
ENGL 3940Topics in African American Literary Studies
ENGL 3945African American Poetry
HIST 3360African American History to 1865
HIST 3361African American History Since 1865
HIST 3362African American Women’s History
HIST 2312The American Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877
MUS 1108History of Jazz
MUS 3175Topics in Music History and Literature
SOC 2151Jackie Robinson: Race, Sports, and the American Dream
SOC 2170Class and Inequality in American Society
SOC 2179Race and Minority Relations
SOC 2169Urban Sociology
Four courses in African studies:
ANTH 3708Anthropology of Africa
HIST 3520Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World
or HIST 3540 West Africa to Independence
Two additional courses from the following list of designated courses *
HIST 3501Topics: Africa
HIST 3510African History to 1880
HIST 3520Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World
HIST 3530Women in Africa
HIST 3540West Africa to Independence
ANTH 3801African Roots from Australopithecus to Zimbabwe
IAFF 2093Africa: Problems and Prospects
PSC 2381Comparative Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa
PSC 2482African International Politics
FREN 3300Topics in French and Francophone Literatures and Cultures in Translation
FREN 3560Topics in Contemporary Francophone Literature and Cinema
GEOG 3154Geography of the Middle East and North Africa
GEOG 3164The Geography of Africa
Two courses in Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean studies:
HIST 3710History of Latin America I
Another course from the following list of designated courses *
ENGL 3920U.S. Latina/o Literature and Culture
ENGL 3930Topics in U.S. Latina/o Literature and Culture
FREN 3300Topics in French and Francophone Literatures and Cultures in Translation
FREN 3560Topics in Contemporary Francophone Literature and Cinema
GEOG 3161Geography of Latin America
IAFF 2090Latin America: Problems and Promise
HIST 3711History of Latin America II
SPAN 3600Special Topics
An upper-division course in gender studies from the following list of designated courses (this course may also count toward one of the above categories) *
ANTH 2501The Anthropology of Gender: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
HIST 3530Women in Africa
HIST 3362African American Women’s History
PHIL 2125Philosophy of Race and Gender
REL 3481Women in Islam
One additional course from above or from the following:
AMST 2020Washington, DC: History, Culture, and Politics
AMST 2410Twentieth Century U.S. Immigration
ENGL 1610Introduction to Black American Literature I
ENGL 1611Introduction to Black American Literature II
HIST 2803The Ancient Near East and Egypt to 322 B.C
REL 3475Islamic Religion and Art
REL 3414Islamic Philosophy and Theology
GEOG 2133People, Land, and Food
GEOG 2141Cities in the Developing World

In addition to the University General Education Requirement, undergraduate students in Columbian College must complete a further, College-specific general education curriculum—Perspective, Analysis, Communication, or G-PAC. Together with the University General Education Requirement, G-PAC engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that enhance their analytical skills, develop their communication competencies, and invite them to participate as responsible citizens who are attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.

G-PAC approved courses, Dean's Seminars, and Sophomore Colloquia that may be available for registration are listed on the CCAS Advising website.

Coursework for the University General Education Requirement is distributed as follows:

  • Writing—one approved course in university writing and two approved writing in the disciplines (WID) courses.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical or creative thinking skills.
  • Mathematics or Statistics—one approved course in either mathematics or statistics.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry.
  • Social Sciences—two approved courses in the social sciences.

Coursework for the Columbian College general education curriculum is distributed as follows:

  • Arts—one approved course in the arts that involves the study or creation of artwork based on an understanding or interpretation of artistic traditions or knowledge of art in a contemporary context.
  • Global or Cross-Cultural Perspective—one approved course that analyzes the ways in which institutions, practices, and problems transcend national and regional boundaries.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical thinking skills (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement).
  • Local or Civic Engagement—one approved course that develops the values, ethics, disciplines, and commitment to pursue responsible public action.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement.
  • Oral Communication—one course in oral communication.

Certain courses are approved to fulfill the requirement in more than one of these categories.

Courses taken in fulfillment of G-PAC also may be counted toward majors or minors. Transfer courses taken prior to, but not after, admission to George Washington University may count toward the University General Education Requirement and G-PAC, if those transfer courses are equivalent to GW courses that have been approved by the University and the College.