African Studies Track

Concentrators Requirements

Required courses (12)

  1. AAAS 11   Introduction to African Studies
  2. AAAS 10   Introduction to African American Studies (Ordinarily the two introductory courses must be completed by the end of the junior year.)
  3. Two courses in an African language
  4. One course in pre-20th century African history.
  5. Five courses in African Studies with at least one course in social sciences, one in humanities. In selecting these three half-courses, students should declare a focus. Some students will declare a disciplinary focus or more general focus in the humanities or social sciences; others will choose an area focus or thematic methodological or comparative focus (e.g., comparative literary or historical analysis, comparative economic and political development)

B. Tutorials

  1. Sophomore Tutorial: AAAS 97.
  2. Junior Tutorial: AAAS 98, a half-course individual tutorial that focuses on an African American or diaspora studies topic.

C. Requirements for Honors Eligibility: Thesis (2 courses)

  1. One year of AAAS 99 Senior Thesis Workshop is required.

Joint Concentrators Requirements

8 courses (32 credits), including thesis

A. Required courses:

  1. AAAS 11: Introduction to African Studies.
  2. A course in African history. (Students must select from a pre-approved list of courses available on the Department's website or petition the Director of Undergraduate Studies for a substitution.)
  3. Two courses of an African language. Students who intend to conduct thesis research in Africa are encouraged to continue African language instruction beyond the first year.

B. Tutorials:

  1. Sophomore Tutorial: AAAS 97: Race, Class, and Colonialism in Africa and the Americas. (Restricted to concentrators and others by permission of instructor.)
  2. Junior Tutorial: AAAS 98a or junior tutorial equivalent in primary concentration if African and African American Studies is the allied concentration.
  3. Senior year: One year of AAAS 99 required, if African and African American Studies is the primary concentration. If African and African American Studies is the allied concentration, the student should register for the thesis tutorial in the primary concentration.

C. Thesis:

  1. Required. Thesis must be related to both fields. Both departments will participate in evaluating the thesis.

D. Other information:

  1. Same as Concentrators Requirements

Requirements - History Courses

African and African American History Courses for Undergraduates

 

African History
These courses fulfill the Primary or Secondary Field African History course requirement.

 

AAAS Department

Graduate Level Course (requires permission of instructor)

  • African and African American Studies 217. Graduate Seminar: Themes in Modern African History  (spring, Caroline Elkins) 

Gen Ed

  • SOCWORLD 26. Africa and Africans: The Making of a Continent in the Modern World

History Department

  • History 87a. Health, Disease and Ecology in African History
  • History 1700. The History of Sub-Saharan Africa to 1860
  • History 1912. History Design Studio
  • Hist-Lit 90L Stories of Slavery and Freedom

Graduate Level Courses (requires permission of instructor)

  • History 2708. Sources, Methodology and Themes in African History: Seminar

History of Art and Architecture Department

  • History of Art and Architecture 195E. Africa and Europe: Histories of

 

African American History
These courses offered fulfill the Primary or Secondary Field African American History course requirement.

 

AAAS Department

  • African and African American Studies 103y. Histories of Racial Capitalism
  • African and African American Studies 110x. “Welcome Aboard Celebrity Slaveship”:  Representations of the Middle Passage in American Culture
  • African and African American Studies 118. The History of African Americans From the Slave Trade to the Civil War
  • AAAS 122X. The History of African Americans from the Civil War to the Present
  • African and African American Studies 123y. The Historical Philosophy of W.E.B. Du Bois
  • African and African American Studies 123z. American Democracy
  • AAAS 185x. What is Black Art? African American Cultural Production from the Early Republic to Civil Rights
  • African and African American Studies 191x. African American Lives in the Law
  • African and African American Studies 199x/History 1937. Social Revolutions in Latin America

Graduate Level Course (requires permission of instructor)

  • African and African American Studies 218. Topics in African American History

Gen Ed

  • US in the World 34: The Civil War from Nat Turner to The Birth of a Nation (spring, John Stauffer)
  • US-World 28 Racial Capitalism and Imperialism: The US between the Revolution and the Civil War. Walter Johnson

History Department

  • History 1912. History Design Studio (fall, Vincent Brown)
  • History 1937/African and African American Studies 199x. Social Revolutions in Latin America  (fall, Alejandro de la Fuente)

Graduate Level Course (requires permission of instructor)

  • History 2463. Graduate Readings in 20th-Century African-American History Seminar (fall, Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham)

History of Art and Architecture Department

  • History of Art and Architecture 176e. Vision and Justice: The Art of Citizenship (fall, Sarah Lewis)

History of Science Department

  • History of Science 147. The Changing Concept of Race in America: From Jefferson to Genomics  (spring, Evelynn Hammonds)

 

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Requirements - Humanities & Social Science Courses

African and African American Humanities and Social Science Courses for Undergraduates
(These courses fulfill AAAS concentration course requirements in Humanities and Social Sciences.)

 

African Studies

Humanities -African Studies:

• African and African American Studies 11. Introduction to African Studies
• African and African American Studies 20. Introduction to African Languages and Cultures
• African and African American Studies 97. Sophomore Tutorial
• African and African American Studies 174x. African Architecture
• African and African American Studies 187. African Religions
• African and African American Studies 192x. Religion and Society in Nigeria
• History of Art and Architecture 195E. Africa and Europe: Histories of Exchange
• Music 142r. Foundations of Modern Jazz: Topics

Social Sciences – African Studies:

• African and African American Studies 11. Introduction to African Studies
• African and African American Studies 20. Introduction to African Languages and Cultures
• African and African American Studies 97. Sophomore Tutorial
• African and African American Studies 105x. Anthropology and Africa
• African and African American Studies 119x. Chocolate, Culture, and the Politics of Food
• History of Art and Architecture 195E. Africa and Europe: Histories of Exchange
• Government 94af. Contemporary Africa
• History 87a. Health, Disease and Ecology in African History
• History 1700. The History of Sub-Saharan Africa to 1860
• History 1912. History Design Studio
• Social Studies 98oa. Human Rights in Africa
• SOCWORLD 26. Africa and Africans: The Making of a Continent in the Modern World

Graduate courses: (require permission of instructor)

• African and African American Studies 209a. Africa Rising? New African Economies/Cultures and Their Global Implications
• African and African American Studies 209b. Africa Rising? New African Economies/Cultures and Their Global Implications
• African and African American Studies 212. Entrepreneurship in Africa
• African and African American Studies 217. Graduate Seminar: Themes in Modern African History
• History 2708. Sources, Methodology and Themes in African History: Seminar

 

African American Studies

Humanities -African American Studies:

• Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding 13. Cultural Agents
• African and African American Studies 10. Introduction to African American Studies
• African and African American Studies 97. Sophomore Tutorial
• African and African American Studies 110x. “Welcome Aboard Celebrity Slaveship”: Representations of the Middle Passage in American Culture
• African and African American Studies 116. Autobiography and Memoir: Remembering the Self
• African and African American Studies 120x. African American Theatre, Drama, and Performance
• African and African American Studies 131. African American Literature from the Beginnings to the Harlem Renaissance
• African and African American Studies 134z. Reading Thomas Jefferson and The African in
• America: His Words, Their Experience
• African and African American Studies 145x. The Hiphop Cipher: “These are the Breaks”
• African and African American Studies 185x. What is Black Art? African American Cultural
• Production from the Early Republic to Civil Rights
• English 68. Migrations: American Immigrant Literature
• English 195TW. 20th Century African American Literature
• English 195X. Contemporary African American Literature
• Folklore and Mythology 90s. African American Folktales
• Freshman Seminar 32r. Autobiography and Black Freedom Struggles
• History of Art and Architecture 176e. Vision and Justice: The Art of Citizenship
• United States and the World 34. The Civil War from Nat Turner to Birth of a Nation

Social Sciences – African American Studies:

• African and African American Studies 10. Introduction to African American Studies
• African and African American Studies 97. Sophomore Tutorial
• African and African American Studies 103y. Histories of Racial Capitalism
• African and African American Studies 110x. “Welcome Aboard Celebrity Slaveship”: Representations of the Middle Passage in American Culture
• African and African American Studies 118. The History of African Americans From the Slave Trade to the Civil War
• African and African American Studies 119x. Chocolate, Culture, and the Politics of Food
• African and African American Studies 123y. The Historical Philosophy of W.E.B. Du Bois
• African and African American Studies 123z. American Democracy
• African and African American Studies 145x. The Hiphop Cipher: “These are the Breaks”
• African and African American Studies 150x. Race, Racism and American Politics
• African and African American Studies 165. Anthropology of the Black Community
• African and African American Studies 175x./Anthropology 1750. Policing and Militarization Today
• African and African American Studies 191x. African American Lives in the Law
• African and African American Studies 197. Poverty, Race, and Health
• African and African American Studies 199x/History 1937. Social Revolutions in Latin America
• Anthropology 1610. Ethnographic Research Methods
• Anthropology 1682. Gangsters and Troublesome Populations
• Freshman Seminar 41d. Sick and Tired of being Sick and Tired: Health Disparities and African Americans
• History 1032. A History of Brazil, from Independence to the Present
• History 1912. History Design Studio
• History 1937/African and African American Studies 199x. Social Revolutions in Latin America
• History of Science 147. The Changing Concept of Race in America: From Jefferson to Genomics
• Societies of the World 34. The Caribbean: Globalization, Socio-Economic Development &m Cultural Adaptation

Graduate courses: (requires permission of instructor)

• African and African American Studies 218. Topics in African American History
• English 276x. African-American Literary Tradition: Graduate Seminar
• History 2463. Graduate Readings in 20th-Century African-American History Seminar
• Philosophy 279. African American Philosophy
• Sociology 254. Social Structure and Culture in the Study of Race and Urban Poverty

 

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Advising and Resources

Advising and Resources

Advising

Beginning in the sophomore year, concentrators will work directly with their individual advisers and with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to create a plan of study that meets their academic interests. The Department requires that students develop a focus as part of their declaration of the concentration. This plan of study will take cognizance of disciplinary requirements and the option of study abroad, yet it will be flexible enough to accommodate students in pursuit of their own specific intellectual interests. At the end of the sophomore year, students are asked to submit a 1-2 page Concentration Focus Statement describing the main area(s) of study they wish to explore. The Director of Undergraduate Studies will meet with students, if they request, in order to assist them in the formulation of the statement of concentration focus.

For up-to-date information on advising in African and African American Studies, please see the Advising Programs Office website

Resources

The Franklin D. and Wendy F. Raines Library, in the Department of African and African American Studies, is located on the second floor of the Barker Center and contains a non-circulating collection of important books, academic and popular periodicals, and offprints, as well as an extensive audio and video collections. Past undergraduate theses are also available. An important resource for African Studies concentrators is the Center for African Studies, which offers summer travel grants to assist Harvard juniors with senior honors thesis research. Please see their website for more information. They can also guide you to resources in teaching, research, and advisory work on Africa in a number of departments, centers, and institutes at Harvard. Harvard's Office of International Programs has approved study abroad in eleven African countries. To plan their term in Africa, students should meet with the Director of the Office of International Programs.