Majors & Minors

History, culture and contemporary issues pertaining to people of African descent are the focus of Africana Studies. The core courses, offered in the departments of history, English, politics, philosophy, sociology and anthropology, and religious studies, deal variously with Africa, African Americans and the African Diaspora. Related courses are offered in psychology, music, modern foreign languages and literatures.  Students may choose the established major or minor or select courses to complement their majors and minors in other disciplines and areas.

Major Student Learning Objectives - Students graduating with an Africana Studies major from Agnes Scott College will be able to:

  • apply appropriate theoretical and methodological perspectives for understanding the African and African American experiences as well as the African diasporic experience in Europe, North and South America, and the Caribbean;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the historical dimensions of the African and African diasporic experiences as well as the political, social, economic, and cultural forces that have shaped these experiences;
  • demonstrate specific understanding of the experiences of black women as an integral component of Africana Studies;
  • apply the research skills necessary for scholarly inquiry in Africana studies;
  • apply the writing, organizational, and argumentative skills required for the effective presentation of scholarship;
  • demonstrate command of a body of knowledge within a particular area of Africana Studies.

Students majoring in Africana Studies are encouraged strongly to participate in relevant faculty-led Global Awareness program or any other study-abroad program approved by Agnes Scott.

Requirements for the Africana Studies Major

A minimum of 32 hours is required for the major, at least sixteen of which must be courses above the 200-level. Students must take Africana Studies 170, 257 and 350 and five electives: three from Group I and two from Group II.

Requirements for the Africana Studies Minor

A minimum of 20 hours is required for the minor, at least eight of which must be courses above the 200-level. Students must take Africana Studies 170, 257 and 350 and one elective from Group I and one from Group II.