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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Africana Studies Minor

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Dr. Mollie Godfrey, Coordinator
Phone: (540) 568-6103
Email: godfrema@jmu.edu

Dr. Besi Brillian Muhonja, Coordinator
Phone: (540) 568-2500
Email: muhonjbx@jmu.edu

Website: http://www.jmu.edu/africana

The minor in Africana studies broadens students’ world perspectives by enhancing their acquaintance with and understanding of the peoples, cultures, and institutions of Africa and the African Diaspora.The Africana program engages cross disciplinary approaches to understand and to encounter Africa and the African Diaspora in a global context. The cross disciplinary character of the program is further enhanced by the fact that courses taken to fulfill program requirements are drawn from several departments. From these course offerings, students will examine and engage with some of Africana studies key contributing disciplines, concepts, methods and topics including the development of new identities.

The minor program in Africana studies is open to all undergraduate students at JMU. Courses taken to complete the Africana studies minor can also be used to satisfy the student’s major, as well as General Education  requirements.

The Africana studies minor requires:

  • Successful completion of 19 credit hours according to the requirements listed below.
  • No more than nine hours from a single discipline.

Choose five, one of which must be at the 400 level: 15 Credit Hours

Total: 19 Credit Hours


1 Course topic and content must focus on the peoples of Africa and/or the African Diasporas as well as be approved by the program coordinator(s).
2 Research must have an African and/or African Diaspora focus.

Additional Information

Other appropriate courses not listed above may be considered for the minor. Consult with program coordinators.

In addition to taking these courses, students are encouraged to participate in travel or study programs to Africa, the Caribbean and other relevant areas. Students who want to earn credit hours through participation in an accredited travel/study program are encouraged to do so with prior approval of the coordinators.

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