African-American Studies is an interdisciplinary curriculum that examines the experiences of people of African descent in the United States, as well as in sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. At Columbia University, the Institute offers more than sixty courses in ten different academic departments and programs each year. The academic program for undergraduate students in Columbia College includes a major, a concentration, and a premedical concentration in African-American Studies. The Undergraduate Program Chair is Professor Mignon R. Moore.

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The Major

A minimum of 36 points is required for the completion of the major. The number of points allocated per course is indicated in theColumbia University Bulletin. The core requirements are: African-American Studies C1001— "Introduction to African-American Studies"; African-American Studies C3936—"Colloquium: Black Intellectuals"; and African-American Studies C3930 —"Topics in the Black Experience." Students must also take a minimum of four courses in a "governed electives" category from at least three different departments, which provides an interdisciplinary background in the field of African-American Studies. One "governed electives" must be a literature course; one must be a history course; and one must focus primarily on cultures and societies located in Africa or within the African Diaspora outside of the United States, such as the Caribbean or Latin America. In addition, five courses must be taken within a designated area of study, preferably within a distinct discipline. Students may also select their five courses within a particular geographical area or region. One of these five courses must be a seminar.

The Concentration

A minimum of 24 points is required for the concentration. All students must take African-American Studies C1001— "Introduction to African-American Studies". Within the "governed electives" category, a minimum of 9 points must be taken with one course in the humanities; one in the social sciences; and one that focuses primarily on non-U.S. cultures and societies within the African Diaspora or Africa. Additionally, a minimum of 12 points must be acquired from courses within a designated area of study, such as a specific discipline or a regional area. One of the courses taken to fulfill either the governed electives category or the designated area of study must be either African-American Studies C3936—"Colloquium: Black Intellectuals"; or African-American Studies C3930—"Topics in the Black Experience."

The Premedical Concentration in African-American Studies

A minimum of 15 points is required including African-American Studies C1001— "Introduction to African-American Studies", and at least 12 points from the "governed electives" category. Of these, one course must be taken in the humanities; one must be in the social sciences; and one must focus on non-U.S. cultures and societies within the African Diaspora. One course must be either African-American Studies C3936—"Colloquium: Black Intellectuals"; or African-American Studies C3930 —"Topics in the Black Experience."

Courses of Instruction

(MC—Indicates courses that may be taken toward fulfillment of the Major Cultures requirement.)

C1001 Introduction to African-American Studies 3 pts.—An interdisciplinary overview of the major themes and topics in the African-American experience since the Civil War. (MC)

C3200 African-American and African Thought 3 pts.—An analysis of the political thought of selected black theorists (e.g., Edward Blyden, Frantz Fanon, Patricia Hill Collins, Cheikh Anta Diop, Kwame Appiah, and C. L. R. James). (MC)

C3300 African civilizations in the Americas 3 pts.—An introduction to the peoples and cultures of the African Diaspora. Comparative treatment of African culture in the New World and its impact on Western civilization. (MC)

C3500 African-American Intellectual History: 20th Century 3 pts.— Examines the classic texts of the African-American intellectual heritage from the 20th century.

C3930 Seminar: Topics In The Black Experience 4 pts.—An examination of selected topics that are central to understanding the black world, especially African Americans (e.g., black women in the U.S., African-American leadership, socialism and the black tradition, and race and political philosophy). (MC)

C3936 Colloquium: Black Intellectuals 4pts.—Prerequisite: completion of courses equal to at least 9 points in the field of African-American Studies and the instructor's permission. An examination of the critical ideas and theories by African-American, Caribbean, and African scholars and writers. (MC)

C3997–C3998 Independent study 1-4 pts.—Prerequisites: completion of AFAS C1001 and courses equal to at least 9 additional points in African-American Studies: and departmental permission.

Other Approved Courses for The African-American Studies Major

V3038 Ethnicity and Race

W4228 Urban Economics
W4321 Economic Development
W4438 Economics of Race in the U.S.

English and Comparative Literature
W3237 Race and Racism
W3401 African-American Literature, II
W3661 Black Women in American Culture: Women Writers of African Diaspora (seminar)
W3740 Studies in African-American Literature (seminar)
ENHS W3911 Representations: The Politics and Poetics of "American" Identity (seminar)
W4621 African-American Texts: Early American
BC3140 Exploration of Black Literature, 1760-1890
BC3144 Minority Women Writers BC3998 Representations of Black Womanhood

W3505 African-American Film
BC3047 Africa in Cinema

AHHS C1020 African Civilizations
W3003 African-American History Until 1865
W3004 African-American History Since 1865
W3005 Main Currents in African History
W3121 U.S. in the Era of Slavery and Jacksonian Democracy
W3122 America in the Era of Civil War and Reconstruction
W3643 Slavery and Slave Resistance in the Americas
W3644 Ethnicity and Race
W3648 History of the South
W3740 Telling about the South (seminar)
W3877 Politics, Culture, and the New Negro Movement 1900–1930
W3894 Race and Color in the Americas (seminar)
W3916 Colonialism through African Eyes (seminar)
W3924 Jim Crow South 1890–1970 (seminar)
W3929 Islam in Africa
W3931 Slavery and Race Relations
W3932 Segregation and Racism
C3948–C3949 Senior Thesis Seminar in United States history
W3971 Harlem: A Social and Cultural History, 1890–1965
W4778 Caribbean History: From Emancipation to Independence
W4905 South Africa in the 19th and 20th Centuries, Focus on Natal
W4907 History of East Africa, 1850–Present
W4909 Ecology, Gender, and History in Africa Since 1890
BC1030 History of Southern Africa PAFS
BC 3001 Medicine and Power in African History
BC3434 Memory, Orality, and African History
BC3447 Gender and Black Nationalism

Latino Studies
W3015 Latinos in Black and White: Race, Ethnicity and Identity in the Americas

V2016 Jazz
V2018 The Brazilian Sound
V2020 Salsa, Soca, Reggae: Popular Musics of the Caribbean
V2050 Music 2000: Issues of Race and Ethnicity in New York City Musics
V3170 Studying Contemporary Popular Music
G4423 Music in West Africa

Political Science
W3245 Race and Ethnicity in American Politics
V3313 American Urban Politics
W3502 Political Change in the Third World
W4226 American Politics and Social Welfare Policy
W4405 Politics of South Africa
W4496 Contemporary African Politics

V3755 African-American Religion
V3803 Black Women's Religious Experiences

V3200 Gender, Class, and Race
W3208 Sociology of Race
V3213 Culture in Contemporary America
V3247 The Immigrant Experience Old and New
V3900 Blacks and Jews: A Sociological Perspective
W3945 Seminar on Inequality and Public Policy
W3990 Research Seminar in Race and Ethnicity
G4047 Urban Poverty and Social Policy

Women and Gender Studies
V3121 Black Women in America
BC3507 Unheard Voices: African Women's Literature (seminar)

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