20109-2011 Undergraduate Catalog

Africana Studies

Students may complete a minor in Africana Studies.


Kalala Ngalamulume, at Bryn Mawr College
Susanna Wing, at Haverford College

Affiliated Faculty at Bryn Mawr College

Michael H. Allen, Political Science (on leave semester II)
Linda-Susan Beard, English
Francis Higginson, French and Francophone Studies
Philip Kilbride, Anthropology
Elaine Mshomba, University of Pennsylvania
Kalala Ngalamulume, History
Mary J. Osirim, Sociology (on leave semesters I and II)
Diala Toure, History of Art
Robert Washington, Sociology

Affiliated Faculty at Haverford College

Koffi Anyinefa, French
Tracey Hucks, Religion
Jerry Miller, Philosophy
Zolani Ngwane, Anthropology
Jesse Shipley, Anthropology
Susanna Wing, Political Science

The Africana Studies Program brings a global outlook to the study of Africa and the African diaspora. Drawing on analytical perspectives from anthropology, history, literary studies, political science and sociology, the program focuses on African people and African cultures within the context of increasing globalization and dramatic social, economic and political changes.

Bryn Mawr’s Africana Studies Program participates in a U.S. Department of Education-supported consortium with Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges and the University of Pennsylvania. Through this consortium, Bryn Mawr students have an opportunity to take a broad range of courses beyond those offered in our program by enrolling in courses offered by the three other participating institutions. Also, Bryn Mawr’s Africana Studies Program sponsors a study abroad semester at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and participates in other study abroad programs offered by its consortium partners in Zimbabwe, Ghana and Senegal.

Students are encouraged to begin their work in the Africana Studies Program by taking Introduction to Africana Studies (HIST B102). This introductory level course, which provides students with a common intellectual experience as well as the foundation for subsequent courses in Africana Studies, should be completed by the end of the student’s junior year.

Minor Requirements

The requirements for a minor in Africana Studies are the following:

1  One-semester interdisciplinary course Bryn Mawr HIST B102: Introduction to Africana Studies (ICPR 101 at Haverford).
2  Six semester courses from an approved list of courses in Africana studies.
3  A senior thesis or seminar-length essay in an area of Africana studies.
Students are encouraged to organize their course work along one of several prototypical routes. Such model programs might feature:
1. Regional or area studies; for example, focusing on blacks in Latin America, the English-speaking Caribbean or North America.
2. Thematic emphases; for example, exploring class politics, ethnic conflicts and/or economic development in West and East Africa.
3. Comparative emphases; for example, problems of development, governance, public health or family and gender.

The final requirement for the Africana Studies minor is a senior thesis or its equivalent. If the department in which the student is majoring requires a thesis, she can satisfy the Africana Studies requirement by writing on a topic that is approved by her department and the Africana Studies Program coordinator. If the major department does not require a thesis, an equivalent written exercise—that is, a seminar-length essay—is required. The essay may be written within the framework of a particular course or as an independent study project. The topic must be approved by both the instructor in question and the Africana Studies Program coordinator.

Africana Studies courses currently offered at Bryn Mawr include:

Fall 2010
ANTH B200 The Atlantic World 1492-1800: Indians, Europeans, and Africans
ANTH B253 Childhood in the African Experience
ARCH B101 Introduction to Egyptian and Near Eastern Archaeology: Egypt and Mesopotamia
CITY B266 Schools in American Cities
COML B388 Contemporary African Fiction
EDUC B266 Schools in American Cities
ENGL B388 Contemporary African Fiction
GNST B103 Introduction to Swahili Language and Culture
HART B362 The African Art Collection
HIST B200 The Atlantic World 1492-1800: Indians, Europeans, and Africans
HIST B235 West African History
HIST B336 Topics in African History: Social and Cultural History of Medicine
SOCL B266  Schools in American Cities

Spring 2011
ANTH B341 Cultural Perspectives on Marriage and the Family
EDUC B200 Critical Issues in Education
ENGL B263  Toni Morrison and the Art of Narrative Conjure
ENGL B369 Women Poets
GNST B105 Introduction to Swahili Language and Culture II
HART B282 Arts of Sub-Saharan Africa
HIST B102 Introduction to African Civilizations
HIST B243 Atlantic Cultures: Maroon Societies
HIST B337 Topics in African History: Social History of Witchcraft
HIST B349 Topics in Comparative History: Before European Hegemony
SOCL B229 Black America in Sociological Perspective

Africana Studies courses currently offered at Haverford include:

Fall 2010
FREN H312  Le Genocide rwandais (1994)
GERM H223 Writing Nations: Africa and Europe
HIST H114 Origins of the Global South
POLS H235 African Politics
POLS H270 Tragedy and the Postcolonial
RELG H137 Black Religion and Liberation Theology
RELG H214 Prophetic Imaginations in the American Tradition

Spring 2011
ANTH H247 Anthropology and Literature: Ethnography of Black South African Writing 1888-2008
ANTH H327 Ritual, Performance and Symbolic Practice
ENGL H265 African American Literature
POLS H123 American Politics: Difference and Discrimination
POLS H345 Islam, Democracy and Development
RELG H330 Seminar in the Writings of Women of African Descent
SOCL H235 Class, Race, and Education