Minor & Certificate

The African and African American Studies Program offers two separate undergraduate qualifications that allow students to study the culture, history and social reality of African and African-American peoples.  Learning about Africa and its diaspora involves a broad-based interdisciplinary learning experience in the social sciences and humanities, and necessitates intellectual, social and personal growth.

How to Declare a Minor/Certificate:

If you think you’re ready to pursue an AFA minor/certificate, please click here to download the “Program of Study Declaration Form.” Fill out the form, and contact AFA Director, Dr. Ogechi Emmanuel Anyanwu (ogechi.anyanwu@eku.edu or 859.622.3483) to consult on your classes and get the form signed.

MINOR IN AFA:
A student may complete an interdisciplinary minor in African/African American Studies by taking 18 hours as indicated below:
Core Requirements: -----------------------------------6 hours
• AFA 201: The African Experience (or AFA 201W: The African Experience, Writing Intensive)
• AFA 202: The African-American Experience (or AFA 202W: The African-American Experience, Writing Intensive)
Electives: --------------------------------------------12 hours
They must also take twelve (12) additional hours of electives or other approved courses (see listing below).
Total Curriculum Requirements-------------------------18 hours

CERTIFICATE IN AFA:
A student may complete an interdisciplinary certificate in African/African American Studies by taking 12 hours as indicated below:
Core Requirements:------------------------------------6 hours
• AFA 201: The African Experience (or AFA 201W: The African Experience, Writing Intensive)
• AFA 202: The African-American Experience (or AFA 202W: The African-American Experience, Writing Intensive)
Electives: --------------------------------------------6 hours
They must also take six lve (6) additional hours of electives or other approved courses (see listing below).
Total Curriculum Requirements-------------------------12 hours
 

AFA Course Offerings for Minor/Certificate:

AFA 200 Musical Languages (3) I, II. Cross-listed as EMS 200. Prerequisite: ENG 102, 105(B) or HON 102. An exploration of the diversity of Sub-Saharan Africa through an immersion in pre-Colonial children’s songs and games. The course aims at developing a deeper understanding and sensitivity to cultural diversity in Africa. Credit will not be awarded for both EMS 200 and AFA 200. Gen. Ed. E-6.

AFA 201 The African Experience. (3) A. Introduces students to the historical, socio-economic, cultural, and political experiences of African people in Africa and Diaspora. It fulfills a core requirement for African/African-American Studies. Credit will not be awarded for both AFA 201 and 201W. Gen. Ed. E-3B and E-6 [AH][GE].

AFA 201W The African Experience. (3) A. Prerequisite: ENG 102, or ENG 105(B), or HON 102(B). Introduces students to the historical, socio-economic, cultural, and political experiences of African people in Africa and the Diaspora. It fulfills a core requirement for African/African-American Studies. Credit will not be awarded for both AFA 201W and 201. Gen. Ed. E-3B and E-6[AH][GE].

AFA 202 The African-American Experience. (3) A. An overview of the historical, social, political, economic, and cultural factors that have helped shape the experiences of African Americans in the United States. It fulfills a core requirement for African/African-American Studies. Credit will not be awarded for both AFA 202 and 202W. Gen. Ed. E-6 [GE].

AFA 202W The African-American Experience. (3) A. Prerequisite: ENG 102, or ENG 105(B), or HON 102(B). An overview of the historical, social, political, economic, and cultural factors that have helped shape the experiences of African Americans in the United States. It fulfills a core requirement for African/African-American Studies. Credit will not be awarded for both AFA 202W and 202. Gen. Ed. E-6 [GE].

AFA 225 African/African-American Health Issues. (3) A. Cross-listed as EHS 225. Provides the student with an understanding of the medical and public health issues relevant to the maintenance of health conditions both in the United States and Africa. Credit will not be awarded for both AFA 225 and EHS 225.

AFA 304 Slavery in the Americas. (3) A. Cross-listed as HIS 304. The history of slavery, bound labor, and freedom in the Western Hemisphere. Special attention will be given to anti-slavery and abolitionist movements. Credit will not be awarded for both AFA 304 and HIS 304.

AFA 305 African American History. (3) A. Cross-listed as HIS 305. African history to 1500: Europe, Africa, and the Americas; trans-Atlantic and domestic slave trades; American slavery; emancipation; post-emancipation experiences and initiatives; persistence of black nationalism. Credit will not be awarded for both AFA 305 and HIS 305.

AFA 330 U.S. South and Black Education (3). A. Cross-listed as EDF 330. This course introduces the major themes of Black populations pursuing educational opportunities in Southern States in the U.S. Students will acquire knowledge about historical events, people and policies shaping the evolution of Blacks in education. Credit will not be awarded for both AFA 330 and EDF 330.

AFA 345 Minority Group Politics. (3) A. Cross-listed as POL 345. Examination and comparison of various theories, strategies, forms of participation, leadership styles, and concepts (e.g. Black Power) of minority group politics. Credit will not be awarded for both AFA 345 and POL 345. Gen Ed. VIII.

AFA 346 Diversity and Criminal Justice. (3) A. Cross-listed as CRJ 345. Prerequisite: departmental approval. Contemporary race, gender, and other diversity issues and their relevance to criminal offenders, crime victims, and the criminal justice system. Includes such issues as the civil rights and women’s movements, and equal opportunity. Credit will not be awarded for both AFA 346 and CRJ 345.

AFA 347 Special Topics in AFA Studies. (3) A. Specialized study of selected topics not available in traditional course offerings. May be retaken with different topics to a maximum of six hours.

AFA 349 Applied Learning in AFA Studies. (.5-3) A. Work in a cooperative placement related to student’s academic studies. May earn a maximum of three hours. A minimum of 80 hours work required for each semester hour credit.

AFA 349 A-N Cooperative Study: AFA Studies. (.5-3) A. Work in a cooperative placement related to student’s academic studies. May earn a maximum of three hours. A minimum of 80 hours work required for each semester hour credit.

AFA 356 African American Political Thought. (3) A. Cross-listed as POL 356. Prerequisite: ENG 102, 105(B), or HON 102. Examination of political ideas espoused by African American activist from the nineteenth century to the present. Credit will not be awarded to students who have credit for POL 356. Gen. Ed. E-6.

AFA 360 Literature of Africa. (3) A. Prerequisite: ENG 102, 105(B), or HON 102. Cross-listed as ENG 360. Survey of the genres and components of African literature, oral and written; study of how key concepts in African thought, culture and experiences are reflected in the literatures composed by writers from Africa or of African origin. Credit will not be awarded for both AFA 360 and ENG 360. Gen. Ed. E-6 [GE].

AFA 361 African-American Literature. (3) A. Cross-listed as ENG 361. Survey of selected works of African-American literary traditions. Credit will not be awarded for both AFA 361 and ENG 361. Gen. Ed. E-6 [GE].

AFA 367 African Caribbean Literatures. (3) A. Prerequisite: ENG 102 or 105(B) or HON 102. Cross-listed as ENG 367. A study of selected literatures written by Caribbean writers of African descent. Credit will not be awarded for both AFA 367 and ENG 367. Gen. Ed. E-6 [GE].

AFA 372S Blacks in Madison County (3) A. Through a service-learning approach this course provides an opportunity for students to research the historical people, institutions, and cultural factors that helped shape the experience of African-Americans in Madison County, Kentucky.

AFA 378 Black Women in History. (3) A. Cross-listed as WGS 378. Examines the lives of African- American women from slavery to the present with emphasis on the impact of race, gender, and class issues on their multi-faceted lives as women in America. Credit will not be awarded for both AFA 378 and WGS 378.

AFA 385 Early African History. (3) A. Cross-listed as HIS 385. Prerequisite: three hours HIS or departmental approval. History of Africa from earliest times to 1860. Emphasis on social, political, economic, and cultural change in states and societies; oral tradition; the environmental and human activities; slavery and the slave trades. Credit will not be awarded for both AFA 385 and HIS 385.

AFA 386 Modern African History. (3) A. Cross-listed as HIS 386. History of Africa from the 19th century to the present. Themes include: trade and politics; European conquest and African resistance; rural survival and urban popular culture; race, class, gender, ethnicity, and age; African nationalism and independence. Credit will not be awarded for both AFA 386 and HIS 386.

AFA 388 Islam in West Africa. (3) A. Cross-listed as HIS 388. History of Islam and politics in West Africa from 1000 C.E. to the present. Emphasis on the role of Islam in major socio-economic, political, and cultural transformations of West African states and societies. Credit will not be awarded for both AFA 388 and HIS 388.

AFA 435 U.S. Civil Rights Movement. (3) A. Cross-listed as HIS 435. Prerequisites: three hours AFA or departmental approval. Examination through primary and secondary sources of the origins, course, ideologies, and legacy of the mid-twentieth century American movement for racial justice and equality. Discussion of the central scholarly issues in civil rights studies. Credit will not be awarded for both AFA 435 and HIS 435.

AFA 495 Independent Study. (3) A. Prerequisites: AFA 201, AFA 202, departmental approval. Individual study and/or research on a problem/ topic pertaining to African, African-American and/ or Afro-Caribbean experience. Student must have the independent study proposal form approved by the faculty supervisor and the program director prior to enrollment.

AFA 510 African Textile Design. (3) A. Prerequisite: AFA 201 or AFA 202 or Departmental Approval. This course investigates the symbolism of textile design in Africa, as it examines the developments in contemporary textile art within Africa and in the African Diaspora.

CDF 424 Diversity Awareness for Professional Practice. (3) II. Prerequisite: junior standing. Professionals working with individuals and families today must develop cultural competency. With a focus on sensitivity and respect, this course provides an overview of diversity in society, including race, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, religion, and other forms of diversity.

SOC 400 Racial and Ethnic Relations. (3) A. Prerequisites: SOC 131 or SOC 235; ENG 102 or ENG 105(B) or HON 102. Analysis of the development of racial and ethnic relations from the perspective of sociology and related social sciences. Examination of issues related to dominant and minority group status in the United States and cross-culturally. Gen. Ed. E-6 [GE].

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