Africana studies is a bi-college program, offered as a minor at Bryn Mawr or as an area of concentration at Haverford. Requirements for the program: (1) Independent College Programs 101a, "Introduction to African and Africana Studies"/History 102a "Introduction to Africana Civilizations"; (2) five more courses from the list reproduced in the college catalogs, or from a list of new courses periodically approved; (3) at least one of these courses must deal with the African Diaspora; (4) a senior thesis or seminar-length essay in an area of Africana studies. Students are urged to include in their program courses beyond the introductory level that deal with continental Africa and the African Diaspora. Successful completion of the Africana studies minor/concentration is noted on student transcripts at graduation.
Students majoring in a department that requires a thesis satisfy the requirement by writing on a topic approved by his or her department and by the coordinator[s] of the Africana studies program. 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 the instructor in question and by the coordinator[s] of the Africana studies program.
In addition to meeting these common requirements, students concentrating in Africana studies at Haverford College must also satisfy a distribution requirement. Of the six courses they take, at least two, but no more than three, must be taken in their home department; the remaining three to four courses must be taken in at least two other departments. Independent College Programs 101a, "Introduction to African and Africana Studies"/History 102a "Introduction to Africana Civilizations", provides a foundation and a frame of reference for advanced work. Students are advised to enter the Africana studies program by taking this course as early as possible and to complete it by the end of the junior year.