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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Africana Studies Minor

Dr. Aderonke A. Adesanya, Coordinator
Phone: (540) 568-3486
Email: adesanaa@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, the issues of identities and the institutions of Africa as well as 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


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 coordinator.

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 coordinator.

Total: 19 Credit Hours