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    Programs of Study

    The Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies offers undergraduate majors with concentrations in either African Studies or African American and Diaspora Studies. It also offers undergraduate minors in both areas. Interested students who meet additional requirements may earn Honors and Highest Honors designations. The Department also offers a Graduate Certificate in African Studies for Masters and Doctoral level students.

    For questions or information about the Department's undergraduate programs of study, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies: Prof. Kenneth Janken, 919-962-1519 or

    The B.A. Degree with a Concentration in African Studies

    Core Courses:
    AFRI 101
    At least one regional seminar: AFRI 520, 521, 522, or 524
    AFAM 101
    AFAM/AFRI 474
    AFRI 600

    Five courses from the current list of African Studies (AFRI) courses found in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

    Three semesters of one African language (either to fulfill the Foreign Language requirement or in addition to it) are recommended. The following African language courses currently are offered:

    Arabic: ARAB 101, 102, 203, 204, 305, 306, 407, 408
    Lingala: LGLA 401, 402, 403, 404
    Kiswahili: SWAH 112 (1st Year Intensive), 234 (2nd Year Intensive), and SWAH 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406
    Wolof: WOLO 401, 402, 403, 404

    Minor in African Studies

    The undergraduate minor in African studies consists of 15 hours. Students are strongly encouraged to take AFRI 101 in their first two years.

    • AFRI 101

    • Four additional courses, selected in consultation with the African studies advisor, at least two of which must be chosen from List A and at least one at the 400 level. As many as two courses may be chosen from List B.

    • List A: AFAM/AFRI 474; AFRI 190, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 520, 521, 522, 523

    • List B: ANTH 226; GEOG 268; HIST 479; POLI 241, 437

    The Graduate Certificate in African Studies

    The Graduate Certificate is designed to provide students with a depth of specialization in African Studies that will complement the training that these students are already receiving in their home departments and schools. This program will be open to enrolled graduate students in all departments and schools at UNC Chapel Hill. Students in this program will be required to take four courses with substantial Africa content, complete an independent research project, and actively participate in UNC's Seminar in African Ecology and Social Process. More Information

    The B.A. Degree with a Concentration in Afo-American Studies

    The major requires the completion of 10 courses (30 hours) including 5 core courses as follows:

    AFRI 101 lntroduction to Africa

    AFAM 101 The Black Experience (I)

    AFAM 102 The Black Experience (II)

    AFAM 398 Seminar in Afro-American Studies

    AFRI-AFAM 474 African & Afro-American Linkages

    The remaining 15 hours should be chosen from any of the Afro-American Studies courses offered by the Department, including courses cross-listed with other units. At least one of these additional courses should be numbered 400 or above.

    Minor in Afro-American Studies

    The undergraduate minor in Afro-American Studies requires the completion of 5 courses (15 hours)

    including 3 core courses listed below.


    AFRI 101 lntroduction to African Civilization

    AFAM 101 The Black Experience (I)

    AFAM 102 The Black Experience (II)

    The remaining six hours may be chosen from any of the Afro-American Studies courses offered by the Department, including courses cross-listed with other units.

    Honors in African Studies or Afro-American Studies

    Majors who have achieved an overall GPA of 3.2 at the beginning of the second semester of their junior year are encouraged to apply for candidacy for the B.A. with Honors. Students interested in undertaking Honors research and the writing of a thesis should consult with Professor Kenneth Janken, the Department Honors advisor as early as possible in that semester.

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