Program of Study (CAS Bulletin)

Major Prior to 2016-2017 Academic Year

Please consult archived 2014-2016 CAS Bulletin for requirements.

Major for 2016-2017 Academic Year and Thereafter

The new Africana studies major requires nine 4-point courses (36 points) completed with a grade of C or better. (Students who entered CAS before fall 2016 may follow the new version of the major with departmental approval and advisement.)

Two introductory courses—may be taken in either order:

  • Social and Cultural Analysis 101 (SCA-UA 101) or Concepts in Social and Cultural Analysis (SCA-UA 1)
  • Field Colloquium in Africana Studies (SCA-UA 7) or Cultures and Contexts: The African Diaspora (CORE-UA 532)

Six elective courses:

  • Six designated Africana studies electives, of which four must be taught by SCA faculty
  • Internship Fieldwork and Internship Seminar (SCA-UA 40/SCA-UA 42) are no longer required but highly recommended and together can count as an elective; one Africana language course can count as an elective if taught by SCA faculty.

One research course:

  • Advanced Research Seminar (SCA-UA 90)

Minor

Five 4-point courses (20 points) completed with a grade of C or better are required for the minor in Africana studies. Students must take one of the following introductory courses: Field Colloquium in Africa and the African Diaspora (SCA-UA 7) or Cultures and Contexts: The African Diaspora (CORE-UA 532). They also take four designated Africana studies elective courses, of which two must be taught by SCA faculty. One Africana language course can count as an elective if taught by SCA faculty.

Language and Linguistic Competency

The type of rigorous intercultural study promoted within the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis requires students to recognize the complex modes of communication at work both within and across different social groups. Studying the modern incarnation of these languages also reveals the cross-cultural and historical forces that have shaped them. The department therefore strongly encourages its students to develop advanced skills in Swahili, Twi, Yoruba, and/or any of the indigenous languages spoken in Africa, or creole languages (e.g., Haitian Creole) spoken throughout the African Diaspora. This can be achieved by any of the following means: taking elective courses in sociolinguistics; studying these languages beyond the minimum level required by the College of Arts and Science; pursuing community-based internship fieldwork necessitating the development and use of specific language skills; or undertaking study or research away, especially at the NYU Accra site, in contexts entailing the exercise of key language or linguistic capabilities.

Honors Program

Majors who have completed 48 points of graded work in CAS and have a 3.65 GPA or higher (both overall and in the major) are encouraged to register for Senior Honors Seminar (SCA-UA 92) in the fall semester of their senior year. Upon successful completion of the seminar requirements, students will be eligible to register for Senior Honors Thesis (SCA-UA 93) in the spring. Information about the honors program can be found at sca.as.nyu.edu/object/sca.related.honors.