Requirements

AAS Degrees

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

Electives

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

Anthropology

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

Economics

  • ECNS 217X Economic Development
  • ECNS 312 Labor Economics

English

  • 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)

Geography

  • GPHY 243X Africa

History

  • 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

Music

  • MUSI 130L History of Jazz

Political Science

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

Sociology

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

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

  • WGSS 363 Feminist Theory and Methods*

Capstone

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.

Minor

Summary

  • African-American Studies Core Courses: 9
  • African-American Studies Electives: 6
  • Other Electives: 9

Total: 24 credits

Corse Courses

  • AAST 141H: Black: From Africa to Hip-Hop (3)
  • HSTA 342H: Afr Amer Hist to 1865 (3)
  • HSTA 343H: Afr Amer Hist Since 1865 (3)

Total: 9 credits

Electives

6 credits required from the following electives, 3 of which must be in an upper division courses.

  • AAST 291: Special Topics (1-12)
  • AAST 208H: Discovering Africa (3)
  • AAST 260: African Americans and Native Americans (3)
  • AAST 262: Abolitionism: The First Civil Rights Movement (3)
  • AAST 372: African-American Identity (3)
  • AAST 491: Special Topics (1-6)
  • HSTA 347: Voodoo, Muslim, Church: Black Religion (3)
  • HSTA 415: The Black Radical Tradition (3)
  • HSTA 417: Prayer & Civil Rights (3)

Total:  6 credits

9 credits are required from the following courses. At least 2 of the courses must be from different disciplines.

Note: FRCH 391: Must be African-American Literature.

  • ANTY 122S: Race and Minorities
  • ANTY 330X: Peoples and Cultures of World
  • ANTY 349: Social Change in NnWstrn Socts
  • ECNS 217X: Issues in Economic Development
  • FRCH 391: Special Topics (must be African-American Literature)
  • GPHY 243: Africa
  • HSTA 361: The American South 
  • HSTA 382H: History of American Law
  • HSTR 262H: Islamic Civil: Classical Age
  • LIT 343: African American Lit
  • LIT 420: Critical Theory
  • MUSI 130L: History of Jazz
  • PSCI 326: Politics of Africa
  • SOCI 220S: Race, Gender & Class
  • SOCI 325: Social Stratification
  • SOCI 443: Sociology of Poverty

Total:  9 credits

Certificate

To earn a Certificate in African-American Studies, students must either complete or have completed an undergraduate degree and complete a minimum of fifteen semester credit hours of course work including 9 required credits and 6 elective credits totaling a minimum of 15 credits as described below. The certificate will be awarded upon the successful completion of all of the requirements of the certificate and the undergraduate degree.

9 credits required from the following African-American Studies Core Courses AAS/HSTA 141HX Black: Africa to Hip-Hop and Beyond, An introduction (formerly Introduction to African-American Studies) AAS/HSTA 342H African-American History to 1865 AAS/HSTA 343H African-American History Since 1865

6 credits required from the following electives African-American Studies AAS 208H Discovering Africa AAS 260 African Americans and Native Americans AAS/HSTA 262 Abolitionism: The First Civil Rights Movement AAS 372 African-American Identity AAS/HSTA 347 Voodoo, Muslim, Church: Black Religion AAS/HSTA 415 The Black Radical Tradition AAS/HSTA 417 Prayer and Civil Rights Anthropology ANTY 122S Race and Minorities English LIT 343 (ENLT 337) African-American Literature Geography GPHY 243X (GEOG 207S) Africa History HSTA 344 (HIST 362) African-American Struggle for Equality HSTA 361 (HIST 361H) The American South: From Slavery to Civil Rights HSTR 388 (HIST 388H) Africa to 1880 HSTR 409 (HIST 409) History of Southern Africa HSTA 418 (HIST 470) Women and Slavery HSTA 419 (HIST 471) Southern Women in Black and White

Modern Languages

  • FRCH 339 Survey of African Cinema

Political Science

  • PSCI 326H (PSC 326H) Politics of Africa

Sociology

  • SOCI 220S (SOC 220S) Race, Gender and Class
  • SOCI 325 (SOC 325) Social Stratification
  • SOCI 443 (SOC 322) Sociology of Poverty

Exit Interview

All certificate candidates must meet with the AAS director to discuss their experience and primary learning from the program prior to graduation.