AAS Major

The African-American studies major is an interdisciplinary program requiring thirty-six (36) credits drawn from a combination of disciplines: anthropology, economics, English literature, geography, history, modern languages, music, political science, sociology, and women, gender, and sexuality studies.

Core Courses

  • AAS/HSTA 141HX Black: Africa to Hip-Hop and Beyond
  • ANTY 122S Race and Minorities
  • AAS/HSTA 342H African-American History to 1865
  • AAS/HSTA 343H African-American History Since 1865
  • SOCI 220S Race, Gender and Class
  • SOCI 325 Social Stratification

18 credits


15 credits required from the following electives, 6 credits of which must be in an upper division course (i.e. 300 or 400 level). One of the upper-division courses must fulfill the upper-division writing requirement for the major (eligible courses marked with an asterisk below). In addition, of the 15 total elective credits, classes must be taken in at least three different disciplines.

African-American Studies

  • AAS 191 Special Topics
  • AAS 208H Discovering Africa
  • AAS 260 African Americans and Native Americans
  • AAS/HSTA 262 Abolitionism: The First Civil Rights Movement
  • AAS 291 Special Topics
  • AAS 372 African-American Identity
  • AAS/HSTA 347 Voodoo, Muslim, Church: Black Religion
  • AAS 391 Special Topics
  • AAS/HSTA 415 The Black Radical Tradition*
  • AAS/HSTA 417 Prayer and Civil Rights*
  • AAS 491 Special Topics
  • AAS 493 Omnibus


  • ANTY 349 Social Change in Non-Western Societies
  • ANTY 330X Peoples and Cultures of the World


  • ECNS 217X Economic Development
  • ECNS 312 Labor Economics


  • LIT 304 U.S. Writers of Color*
  • LIT 343 African-American Literature*
  • LIT 420 Critical Theory
  • LIT X91 Special Topics (as approved by AAS director)


  • GPHY 243X Africa


  • HSTR 262 Islamic Civilization: The Classical Age
  • HSTA 361 The American South: From Slavery to Civil Rights
  • HSTA 382H History of American Law
  • HSTA 418 Women and Slavery*
  • HSTA 419 Southern Women in Black and White*

Modern Languages

  • FRCH 339 Survey of African Cinema


  • MUSI 130L History of Jazz

Political Science

  • PSCI 326 Politics of Africa
  • PSCI 348 US Multicultural Politics
  • PSCI 443 Politics of Social Movements


  • SOCI 441 Capstone in Inequality and Social Justice*
  • SOCI 443 Sociology of Poverty

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

  • WGSS 363 Feminist Theory and Methods*


Each student must also perform a 3-credit capstone project as an independent study in which they conduct a research project, service project, or artistic project focused on an issue pertinent to the African-American community. All projects must be approved by the AAS director.

AAS Minor