Africana Studies

Robert Jefferson, Director
4023 Mesa Vista Hall
MSC06 3730
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-001
(505) 277-5644

Mohamed Ali, Ph.D., University of New Mexico
Finnie Coleman, Ph.D.
Robert Jefferson, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Kadeshia Mathews, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins
Alfred Dennis Mathewson, J.D., Henry Weihofen Professor of Law
Admasu Shunkuri, Ph.D., University of Kansas


Africana Studies is an interdisciplinary major degree-granting program which provides to the University community the African-American perspective to issues relevant to the education of all people, especially African Americans, for the 21st century. Some of the program courses are cross-listed with Political Science, Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies, American Studies, English, Communication and Journalism and other departments. All of these courses may be taken toward a degree, substitutes for required courses may be made with prior approval of the student’s major department, or as electives.

The Charlie Morrisey Research Hall

Alfred Dennis Mathewson, Acting Director
Finnie Coleman, Director (on leave)

The Charlie Morrisey Research Hall is a repository of documents including photographs, rare books and artifacts documenting the presence of Africans and African-Americans in New Mexico in particular and the Southwest in general. Presently, the Hall has more than 4,000 photographs, books and other documents.

The CMR Hall also organizes public lectures and panel discussions. These lectures and panels address the presence and contributions of Africans and African-Americans to the Southwest. Periodically, the CMR Hall organizes major exhibitions of its rare photographs and other artifacts. Interested organizations may request rental of the Hall’s traveling exhibition of The Charlie Morrisey collections of rare photographs and artifacts.

The “African Field History Experience” Project

Mohamed Ali, Ph.D.
Admasu Shunkuri, Ph.D.
Steve Bishop, Ph.D.
Finnie Coleman, Ph.D., Director (on leave)

The “African Field History Experience” Project was established in 2000. The Project subscribes to the holistic approach to education. Its main goal is to bridge the gap between the intellectual encounter with Africana Studies courses and the experiential. Therefore, students participate in a 2-3 week educational excursion and research experience in an African Community. Students earn 3-6 undergraduate or graduate credit hours.

Associated Programs

Undergraduate Program


AFST 101. Swahili I. (3)

AFST 102. Swahili II. (3)

AFST 103. Foundation of Africana Studies. (3)

AFST 104. Introduction to Africana Studies. (3)

AFST 106. Elementary Arabic I. (3)

AFST 109. Introduction to Comparative Global and Ethnic Societies. (3)

AFST 111. Intensive Elementary Arabic I. (6)

AFST 112. Intensive Elementary Arabic II. (6)

AFST 206. Intermediate Arabic I. (1)

AFST 207. Intermediate Arabic II. (3)

AFST 211. Intensive Intermediate Arabic I. (6)

AFST 212. Intensive Intermediate Arabic II. (6)

AFST 249. Race and the Black Male. (3)

AFST 251. African-American Literature I. (3)

AFST 255. Black Women and the Diaspora. (3)

AFST 280. African-American Culture. (3)

AFST 284. African-American History I. (3)

AFST 285. African-American History II. (3)

AFST 297. Interdisciplinary Topics. (1-3)

AFST 299. Black Leaders in the U.S.. (3)

AFST 301. Advanced Arabic I. (3)

AFST 302. Advanced Arabic II. (3)

AFST 303. Introduction to Black Liberation and Religion. (3)

AFST 307. Blacks in the U.S. West. (3)

AFST 309. Black Politics. (3)

AFST 315. Race and the Law. (3)

AFST 317. Civil Rights Movement. (3)

AFST 319. Focus on Contemporary Egypt. (3)

AFST 320. Arabic Study Abroad. (1-6 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

AFST 322. Africana Study Abroad. (1-6 to a maximum of 9 Δ)

AFST 329. Introduction to African Politics. (3)

AFST 333. Black Political Theory. (3)

AFST 334. Black Public Intellectuals. (3)

AFST 355. Black Womanist and Feminist Theories. (3)

AFST 360. Introduction to Harlem Renaissance. (3)

AFST 375. Topics in Arabic Literature and Culture in Translation. (3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

AFST 379. North African Literature and Culture. (3)

AFST 380. African Literature. (3)

AFST 381. African-American Literature II. (3)

AFST 385. The African World. (3)

AFST 386. Caribbean Peoples and Cultures. (3)

AFST 388. Blacks in Latin America I. (3)

AFST 391. Problems. (1-3 to a maximum of 12 Δ)

AFST 395. Education and Colonial West Africa. (3)

AFST 396. Emancipation and Equality. (3)

AFST *397. Interdisciplinary Topics. (1-3, no limit Δ)

AFST 399. Culture and Education. (3)

AFST 453. African American Art. (3)

AFST 475. Topics in Literature and Culture in Arabic. (3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

AFST *495. Topics in Africana Studies. (1-3 to a maximum of 24 Δ)

AFST 497. Advanced Community Organizing. (1-6 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

AFST 498. Research Seminar. (3)

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