Guidelines


Africana Studies Minors at Goucher explore the following four key interdisciplinary themes:

  • History
  • Politics
  • Cultural and Social Evidence
  • Expressive Discourses

What do I need to take to complete a minor in Africana Studies?

  • Introduction to Africana Studies (AFR 200)
  • Four 100- or 200-level courses, one from at least three of the four themes listed above
    • (Note: Of these four courses only one may be a 100-level course)
  • One 300-level course
  • Minimum 18 credit hours

Courses


REQUIRED: AFR 200. Introduction to Africana Studies (4 Cr.)(LER-DIV)

Rather than teaching the history and culture of Africa or communities in the African diaspora, this course aims to provide students in the Africana studies minor with key theories, approaches, and critical lenses that they may use in ensuing coursework and research in the Africana minor program. This reading- and writing-intensive course covers such topics as: basic geographical and demographic information about the continent of Africa and the African diaspora; the history of Africana studies in academe; theories that embrace the view that there are many Black experiences, rather than one overarching worldview; approaches toward the examination of Black identities within the context of gender, race, sexuality, and class; and select, exemplary humanistic/social scientific research by pioneering scholars in Africana studies.

COURSES BY THEME: 100- and 200-Level

History
HIS 205 - Bad Spirits: The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in History and Memory (3 Cr.)
HIS 207 - Comparative African History (3 Cr.)
HIS 260 - Civil War and Reconstruction: 1850-1876 (4 Cr.)
HIS 270 - African American History I (4 Cr.)
HIS 273 - African American History II (4 Cr.)
ISP 110Y - Perspectives on the Global Condition (8 Cr. Seminar)
MUS 109 - The History of Jazz (3 Cr.)
WS 232 - African American Women's History (3 Cr.) (can count towards History or Social Cultural Evidence)
WS 250- Haitian History (4 Cr.) (can count towards History or Social Cultural Evidence)

Politics
PCE 120 - Community Service Agencies: Building a Just and Peaceful World (4 Cr.)
PCE 148 - Nonviolence (4 Cr.)
PCE 205 - Maintaining the Status Quo: Power and Privilege in the United States (4 Cr.)
PCE 231.002 - Black Geographies: Gratuitous Violence and the Freedom Drive (4 Cr.)
PSC 259 - African Politics (3-4 Cr.)
WS 248 - Towards Collective Liberation: Activism and Organizing (4 Cr.)

Cultural and Social Evidence
ANT 205 - African Cultures and Societies (3 Cr.)
COM 257 - Intercultural Communication (4 Cr.)
COM 301 - Topics in Media and Communication (3-4 Cr.)
DAN 146 - Goucher African Drum and Dance Ensemble (1 Cr.)
DAN 272Y - Intensive Course Abroad ()
ED 272Y - Intensive Course Abroad ()
HIS 282 - Women of North Africa and the Middle East (3 Cr.)
PHL 115 - Race, Gender, and Sexuality (3 Cr.)
PHL 245 - Critical Race Theory (3 Cr.)
PSY 219 - Black Psychology (4 Cr.)
RLG 207 - Islamic Thought (3 Cr.)
RLG 218 - Race, Sex, and God in Blues Literature (course now inactive)
RLG 236 - Womanist Theology (3 Cr.)
RLG 237 - Black Religious Thought I (3 Cr.)
RLG 274 - Liberation Theology (3 Cr.)
SOC 245 - Wealth, Power, and Prestige (3 Cr.)
WS 226 - Women, Peace, and Protest: Latin American Women and the Search for Social Justice (3 Cr.)
WS 230 - Contemporary Feminisms: Diverse Voices (3 Cr.)
WS 232 - African American Women's History (3 Cr.) (can count towards History or Social Cultural Evidence)
WS 250- Haitian History (4 Cr.) (can count towards History or Social Cultural Evidence)
WS 282 - Women of North Africa and the Middle East (3 Cr.)

Expressive Discourses
DAN 146 - Goucher African Drum and Dance Ensemble (1 Cr.)
DAN 272Y - Intensive Course Abroad ()
ENG 249 - The Legacy of Slavery (3 Cr.)
ENG 275 - Literature of the Harlem Renaissance (3 Cr.)
ENG 285 - Contemporary Literature From India, Africa, and Australia (3 Cr.)
MUS 146 - Goucher African Drum and Dance Ensemble (1 Cr.)
MUS 149 - Goucher Jazz Ensemble (1.5 Cr.)
WL 230 - Special Topics in African Literature and Film (3 Cr.)
WS 224 - Is There Life Beyond the Looking Glass? Gender, Identity, and Race in Caribbean Culture (3 Cr.)
WS 229 - Contemporary Brazilian Voices (3 Cr.)

300-Level Courses or Higher  (Special Topics Courses and Independent Work Require Approval)
COM 301 - Race and Ethnicity in Film (4 Cr.)
COM 307 - Hip-Hop Cinema (4 Cr.)
COM 307 - Special Topics in World Cinema (4 Cr.)
ENG 372 - Seminar in African American Literature (3 Cr.)
ENG 400 - Independent Work in English (1.5-4 Cr.) (Subject to Approval)
FR 351 - Topics in Francophone African Literature & Cinema (3 Cr.)
HIS 320 - Special Topics (4 Cr.) (Subject to Approval)
HIS 400 - Independent Work in History Department (1.5-4 Cr.)
PCE 340 - Global Cities, Global Shacks: Marginality, Resistance, and the Militarization of Urban Space (4 Cr.)
PCE 345 - Race, Space and Urban Struggle in South Africa (4 Cr.)
PCE 399 - Independent Work (4 Cr.)
PSC 359 - Seminar on African Politics (4 Cr.)
PSY 328 - Research Seminar in Relational Psychology (4 Cr.)
PSY 379 - Seminar in Psychology of White Racism (4 Cr.)
RLG 355 - Black Religious Thought II (3 Cr.)
RLG 399 - Advanced Independent Work (3-4 Cr.)
WS 300 - Seminar in Selected Topics in Women's Studies (3 Cr.) (Subject to Approval)
WS 320 - Transnational Feminist Theory and Women's Activism (3 Cr.)