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The Africana Studies concentration consists of six courses.

A concentrator can enter the program by taking the introductory interdisciplinary course, AFST110: Introduction to Africana Studies (offered annually every fall) or another designated foundational course, normally at the 100 or 200 level.

Designated foundational courses for Africana Studies include:

AFST206:        Black Europe
ANTH273:       Anthropology of Africa (Spring 2019)
HIST101:         Travel Writing and African History (Fall 2018)
HIST198:         Modern Africa (Spring 2019)
HIST277:         Afro-Latin America
MUSC195:       African-American Music: Blues to Rap (Fall 2018)
POLS270:        African Politics (Fall 2018)

Occasionally, other courses may be counted as a foundational course. Please consult with the Africana Studies director with any questions.

Of the remaining five courses, students should follow these guidelines:

  • Including the foundational course, no more than two can come from the concentrator’s declared major.
  • Including the foundational course, no more than two should come from a single discipline or department.
  • The majority of the remaining courses should be at the 200-level or above.
  • At least two courses should be focused on a region other than the United States.
  • Concentrators should try to take at least one 300 or 400-level course, or a course with an extensive research, performance, or writing component.

Fall 2018 Courses

Africana Studies Course List Fall 2018 (DOC)


Students who wish to design a major in Africana Studies may do so by applying through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies (CIS). 

Declaring and Planning Your Program


Students are encouraged to work with the concentration director or an Africana Studies faculty member to plan a creative, individualized course of study that addresses a coherent theme or series of questions of interest. It is important to meet with the concentration director before submitting a request for Change of Academic Plan to add the concentration so that the director is aware of the course of study the student intends to follow. With prior written approval from the Africana Studies director, students may also take advantage of a wide array of curricular options — at Holy Cross or other academic institutions — to fulfill the requirements for the concentration.

Study Abroad and Study Away Options

As part of a planned course of study, students may arrange tutorials and academic internships at Holy Cross and enroll in courses at Worcester Consortium colleges. Students may apply to the Washington Semester Program or study away programs in New York, for example. In addition, students have the option of applying for a semester's study at an historically black college or university (HBCU), such as Howard University or Spelman College. Students may also apply for junior year Study Abroad at universities in Europe, Africa, or the Caribbean. Students must confirm in advance with the Concentration director course credit approval for any tutorial, seminar, study abroad, or study away course.

Graduating seniors are eligible to submit work for the annual Carter G. Woodson Prize for outstanding scholarly or artistic achievement in Africana Studies.

All concentrators receive certificates indicating their successful completion of the program and notification appears on their College transcripts.