Major Requirements

A Bachelor of Arts degree in African American Studies is designed to hone and enhance students’ research, writing, and critical thinking skills through an interdisciplinary approach. Students are therefore required to take a range of courses in the humanities and social sciences, as well as courses that focus on civil and human rights and Diaspora studies.

Twelve courses are required for the major in African American Studies.

The courses, listed below, emphasize the historical agency of African American and other peoples of African descent and the centrality of race, racism, and racial formation in the Americas, Europe, and Africa:

 

Area Requirement

 

 

Course Description

Introductory Requirement

AAS 100: Intro to African American Studies (4 credits)

History Core Requirement

HIST 238/AAS 238 (African American History to 1865) or HIST 239/AAS 239 (African American History Since 1865)

Literature Core Requirement

AAS 261/261W (Survey of African American Literature to 1900) or AAS 262/262W (African American Literature Since 1900)

Humanities Area Requirement

Any other AAS course that is cross listed with the following departments:  AMST, ARTHIST, CPLT, ENG, ENGCW, FILM, FREN, FILM, HIST, MUS, PHIL, REL, SPAN, and other approved courses

Social Science Area Requirement 1 of 2

Any other AAS course that is cross listed with the following departments:  ANTH, ECON, EDS, HIST, POLS, PSYC, SOC, WGS and other approved courses

Social Science Area Requirement 2 of 2

Any other AAS course that is cross listed with the following departments: ANTH, ECON, EDS, HIST, POLS, PSYC, SOC, WGS and other approved courses (Note: The second social science class must come from a different discipline than the first social science class)

Diaspora Area Requirement

Any other AAS course in which students study people of African descent outside of the United States and is listed or cross listed with the following programs or departments:  AFS, LACS and other approved courses

Civil and Human Rights Area Requirement

AAS 267, 410, 412, 481 or other approved courses

Elective 1

Any other course that originates in or is cross listed with AAS

Elective 2

Any other course that originates in or is cross listed with AAS

Elective 3

Any other course that originates in or is cross listed with AAS

Required Capstone Course

AAS 490R/490RW: Senior Seminar