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Undergraduate Program

Requirements for the Major 

Students who choose to major in Africana Studies must complete at least forty credit hours of course work, including three core courses, one year of foreign language study, and elective courses offered by the Center and/or participating departments.  Please see the Courses tab to the upper left for courses being offered in the current semester.

Core Courses

Each student will take three core courses, one in each of the sub-fields of Africana Studies—that is, African Studies, African-American Studies and African Diaspora Studies.  Core courses will be offered on a regular basis—either annually or, at a minimum, once every other year.  The core will include the following existing courses, plus one introductory course.

AS 362.111 Introduction to African American Studies

AS 100.120 Slavery: from Africa to the Americas

AS 100.121-122  African History

AS 362.220  Discourses in African Diaspora

Foreign Language Study

Students must demonstrate competence in an appropriate foreign language, either by examination, or by completing one year of language study at the intermediate level.  If a student satisfies the language requirement  by examination, s/he must take an additional eight credits of elective courses to meet the total requirement of forty credit hours for the Africana Studies major.  Students may elect to study a language spoken in one or more African diasporic communities and/or on the African continent.  Relevant languages include, but are not limited to, Kiswahili, Yoruba, Arabic, Spanish, French and Portuguese.


Each student must complete a minimum of twenty-four additional credit hours, comprised of elective courses offered by participating faculty.  The Center staff will maintain an updated list of appropriate current course offerings, including courses offered by visiting faculty, post-doctoral fellows, Dean’s Teaching Fellows, etc., and assist students in selecting courses to construct a coherent program of study.  Participating faculty will also be encouraged to develop courses specifically for Africana Studies, including interdepartmental and/or team-taught courses.

Electives should be distributed as follows:

a) At least twelve credit hours must be in courses at the 300 level or above.

b) Research seminar.  Students who wish to do honors in Africana Studies are required to take a two-semester (eight credit) research seminar, in which they will prepare an honors thesis in consultation with a faculty adviser in the student’s particular area of interest and the faculty coordinator of the undergraduate research seminar.  The research seminar will provide guidance on research design, methodology, and analysis and presentation of findings, and give students an opportunity to discuss one another’s projects, share experiences and receive constructive comments from their peers as well as the faculty coordinator.

In selecting research topics and collecting materials, students are encouraged to explore resources outside those immediately available on campus.  With its rich collection of museums and archives, large and historic African-American communities, and growing populations of recent migrants from Africa, the Baltimore-Washington area offers many opportunities for research in Africana Studies.  Students who wish to undertake research in Africa, or in African American or African diasporic communities beyond the local area, will be encouraged to take advantage of summer research grants and/or study abroad opportunities available at Hopkins.  The Center will work with other departments and programs at Hopkins on behalf of students who wish to combine their research in Africana Studies with work in another field or on-going program, such as the joint Minority Health Program recently established by the School of Public Health and Morgan State University.

Undergraduate Minor Requirements

Students who wish to minor in Africana Studies must complete a minimum of 24 credits, including two core courses and electives.  Three of the electives must be upper level courses.  Foreign language study is not required, but up to eight credits of course work in a foreign language may be counted toward the required electives. 

Africana Studies Courses


African and African Diaspora Studies

362.220, Discourses in the African Diaspora

362.222, Contemporary African and Caribbean Migration

362.302, African Visions: Understanding Art, Context, and Images of a Continent

362.360, Political Freedom in Africana Thought

Cross-listed courses in other departments

010.202, Sacred Arts of Africa

010.290, At the Very Edge: The Art of Islamic Spain as a Furtive Introduction to “Islamic Art”

010.374, Primitivism and its Discontents

070.406, Anthropology of Politics: Global, Local, and Beyond

100.157, Race and Empire

100.304, New World Slavery

100.338, Contemporary African Political Economics in Historical Perspective

100.439, Cuban Revolution and the Contemporary Caribbean

100.445, African Fiction as History

100.461, Power, Identity, and the Production of African History

100.489-490, Bondage and Culture: Slavery and Cultural Transformation in the Atlantic

130.101, Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations

130.135, Ancient Egyptian Civilization

130.322, Law, Ethics, and Wisdom in Ancient Egypt

130.323, History of Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt

130.325, Women in Ancient Egypt

130.326, Egyptian Religion and Mythology

130.327, Ancient Egyptian Painting

130.328, Ancient Egypt within Africa

130.329, Ancient Egyptian Art

130.333, Egypt in the Amarna Period

130.400, Introduction to Middle Egyptian

190.102, Introduction to Comparative Politics

190.316, Introduction to Globalization

190.409, Comparative Politics of Social Movements

191.329, Politics, History and Culture of the Maghreb

215.491, Muslim Spain

230.317, Sociology of Immigration

230.345, Historical Sociology of Africa

375.115-116, Beginning Arabic

375.215-216, Intermediate Arabic

375.301-302, Advanced Arabic Reading and Writing

375.401-402, Upper Advanced Arabic

379.151-152, Beginning Kiswahili

379.251-252, Intermediate Kiswahili

African American Studies

362.175, Freshman Seminar: Remembering the Black Power Movement

362.200, African American Poetry and Poetics

362.205, 20th Century African American History

362.375, Bebop, Modernism, and Change

262.340, Power and Racism

362.457, Richard Wright and Modernism:
Philosophy, Literature, and Politics

Courses in other departments

060.343, African American Literary Traditions
from the 19th and 20th Centuries

100.113, Making America: Race, Radicalism, and Reform in America

100.153, Making America: Immigration, Race, and Citizenship

100.159, American Civil War

100.322, History of African Americans at
The Johns Hopkins University

100.457, Abraham Lincoln, Slavery, and the American Civil War

100.486, Jim Crow in America

190.214, Introduction to Racial and Ethnic Politics

190.302, Politics of Black Cultural Production

230.112, Freshman Seminar: Race and Education in the U.S.

230.316, African-American Family

230.320, Education and Inequality:
Individual, Contextual, and Policy Perspectives

230.332, Race, Racism, and Racial Privilege

230.333, Quality and Inequality in American Education

Urban Studies

Community Health Promotion

Courses in other departments

100.343, Power of Place: Race and Community in East Baltimore

100.492, Comparative Urban History

180.252, Economics of Discrimination

190.383, Urban Society and Politics

190.384, Urban Politics and Policy

191.340, Education Politics in Urban America

195.477, Introduction to Urban Policy

195.478, Urban Policy Internship

230.313, Space, Place, Poverty, and Race:
Sociological Perspectives on Neighborhoods and Public Housing

230.334, City in Time and Space:
Historical Sociology of the Urban World

280.399, Practicum in Community Healthcare