Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts: Africana Studies Option

Division of Humanities & Bilingual Studies — Curriculum Code: 019A

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree
Why major in Liberal Arts: Africana Studies?

The Liberal Arts: Africana Studies degree program is designed for students who desire a broad academic foundation in African and African-American arts, humanities, and social sciences. Students who are educated in these fields will have the opportunity to work in government service, teaching, law, publishing, and business.

If I major in Africana Studies, can I transfer to an upper-division college or university?

The Liberal Arts: Africana Studies degree program prepares the student to transfer to four-year institutions to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Africana Studies programs exist at Rutgers – New Brunswick, Rutgers – Newark, the College of New Jersey, Seton Hall University, Temple University, Drew University, University of Pennsylvania, and William Paterson University.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your major. You also need to be at college-level English before taking most of the major courses required in this program.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental coursework and you register for an average of 16 credits each semester, you can complete the degree in two years. You may shorten the amount of time required by taking courses in the summer sessions.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-3319/3320 or (973) 877-3489.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the arts, history, and literature of Africa, the African-American community, and the Caribbean;
  • Apply critical thinking, problem solving, and effective communication skills to analyze and discuss literary and/or art works, historical events, and topics related to cultural diversity; and
  • Utilize the library and the internet and other electronic sources to prepare research projects that follow MLA, APA, and/or Chicago Manual of style guidelines for source documentation.
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (45 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (9 credits)
ENG 101 (3 credits)
ENG 102 (3 credits)
ENG 109 (3 credits)

Quantitative Knowledge & Skills and Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning (12 credits)
Choose one mathematics course and a lab science sequence or two mathematics courses and one lab science course from the following:

Mathematics: MTH 100, MTH 101, MTH 103, MTH 113, MTH 119, MTH 120, MTH 121, MTH 122, MTH 127, MTH 221, or MTH 222 (one or two 4-credit courses)
AND
Lab Science: BIO 101 – BIO 102, BIO 103 – BIO 104, BIO 121 – BIO 122; CHM 101 – CHM 102, CHM 103 – CHM 104; PHY 101 – PHY 102, PHY 103 – PHY 104, or PHY 113 – PHY 114 (one or two 4-credit courses)

Society & Human Behavior (6 credits)
Choose two of the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 105; ECO 101, ECO 102; POL 101, POL 104; PSY 101, PSY 102, PSY 219; SOC 101, SOC 108, or SOC 219 (two 3-credit courses)

Humanistic Perspective (9 credits)
Choose two of the following literature courses: ENG 205, ENG 208, ENG 215, ENG 221, ENG 222, ENG 232, ENG 237, ENG 238, ENG 242, ENG 250, ENG 263, or ENG 264 (two 3-credit courses)
AND
Choose one of the following art or music courses: ART 100, ART 101, ART 102; or MUS 109 (one 3-credit course)

Historical Perspective (6 credits)
Choose one of the following history sequences: HST 101 – HST 102, HST 111 – HST 112, HST 121 – HST 122, HST 131 – HST 132, HST 134 – HST 135, HST 136 – HST 137, or HST 161 – HST 162 (two 3-credit courses)

Global & Cultural Awareness of Diversity (3 credits)
Choose one additional (non-repeated) course from the following: ANT 101, ANT 105; ART 100, ART 101, ART 102, ART 200; CIN 103; ENG 205, ENG 215, ENG 232, ENG 237, ENG 238, ENG 242, ENG 263, ENG 264; HST 121, HST 122, HST 137; MUS 117; PSY 232; REL 105; SOC 108, SOC 205, or SOC 207 (one 3-credit course)

MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS (12 credits)

Choose any four of the following (non-repeated) courses: ART 200; ENG 232, ENG 237, ENG 238; HST 121, HST 122, HST 134, HST 135; MUS 117; SOC 203, and/or SOC 205 (four 3-credit courses)

ADDITIONAL COURSE REQUIREMENTS (6 credits)

Choose two free electives (two 3-credit courses)

RECOMMENDED SEQUENCE OF COURSES

Total Credits Required for Degree: 63

First Semester
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
Quantitative Knowledge & Skills or Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning mathematics or science requirement (one 4-credit course)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (one 3-credit course)
Historical Perspective requirement (one 3-credit course)
Major course elective (one 3-credit course)

Second Semester
ENG 102 College Composition II (3 credits)
Quantitative Knowledge & Skills or Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning mathematics or science requirement (one 4-credit course)
Humanistic Perspective art or music requirement (one 3-credit course)
Historical Perspective requirement (one 3-credit course)
Major course elective (one 3-credit course)

Third Semester
ENG 109 Effective Speech (3 credits)
Quantitative Knowledge & Skills or Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning mathematics or science requirement (one 4-credit course)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (one 3-credit course)
Humanistic Perspective literature requirement (one 3-credit course)
Major course elective (one 3-credit course)

Fourth Semester
Humanistic Perspective literature requirement (one 3-credit course)
Global & Cultural Awareness of Diversity requirement (one 3-credit course)
Major course elective (one 3-credit course)
Free elective (one 3-credit course)
Free elective (one 3-credit course)

NOTES:
(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above, regardless of specific choices made by the individual student.
(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, English, and mathematics as well as other pre-requisites and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.

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