Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York
 
African and African American Studies


Undergraduate Program 

The Department of African and African American Studies is both an academic unit and a community comprised of faculty and students interested in the interdisciplinary study of Africa and its diaspora. Our work is grounded in the cultural and historical experiences of people of African descent. This focus on experience informs our interpretations of the African Diasporic past and present, and propels our directives for the future. 

Our Department was formed in 1969 and is one of the oldest African and African American Studies Departments in the United States. Faculty specialties cover a wide range of fields including: labor and oral history; African history and politics; race and religion; Caribbean migrations; popular youth culture; black expressive culture and feminism; post-colonial literature in Africa; African immigration and refugee studies; the black prison experience; and black theology.

Major Requirements
Students who major in African and African American Studies must complete a minimum requirement of nine one-semester courses offered by the department on the Lincoln Center or Rose Hill campuses.

Core Requirements
AFAM 1600 or a higher level course on Africa
AFAM 3150 or an equivalent on the Caribbean
AFAM 3001 or an equivalent course on African American History
AFAM 3037: Being and Becoming Black
AFAM 4890: Senior Research Seminar

And four (4) AFAM electives which may also be selected from courses in English, Literary Studies, History, Art & Music History, Political Science, or any field that has been cross listed by the department.

Minor Requirements
Students who minor in African and African American Studies must complete a minimum requirement of six one-semester courses offered by the department on the Lincoln Center or Rose Hill campuses.

Core Requirements
AFAM 1600 or a higher level course on Africa
AFAM 3001 or an equivalent course on African American History

And four (4) AFAM electives which may also be selected from courses in English, Literary Studies, History, Art & Music History, Political Science, or any field that has been cross listed by the department.

African Studies Minor
The interdisciplinary minor provides unique opportunities for Fordham students to develop a level of expertise in African Socio-Political History, Sociology, Economics, among others; learn African languages; meet with Africa’s permanent representatives at the UN; and interact with and network among the diverse African population present in the city. This minor also provides a background for careers in government, business, law, foreign service, academia, humanitarian agencies, and non-governmental organizations.

Core Requirements
History (AFAM 1600)
Social Science (one class)
Arts & Humanities (one class)
Three (3) additional electives

And proficiency through the intermediate level in a language spoken on the African continent other than English such as Swahili, Twi, Zulu, Arabic, Spanish or French. For more information on our African Studies minor, please refer to our Minor in African Studies section.

Foreign Languages
The following foreign language courses are currently offered through our department:
AFAM 1200: Asante-Twi A Language of Ghana
AFAM 1201: Elementary Swahili

Students pursuing a minor in African Studies can also fulfill the language requirement by selecting language courses that have been cross-listed by the department.

Study Abroad
African and African American Studies majors should consider the possibility of studying abroad during their junior year, possibility through the university study abroad office. Such a program will give them an extremely valuable perspective on Africa and its Diaspora, and at the same time will enrich their understanding of the history and culture of their host society. 


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