African and African-American Studies Major

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African and African-American Studies offers students a broader and deeper understanding of our world. We promote global and inclusive perspectives—drawing from history, literature, the arts and the social sciences—to explore the realities and life experiences of Africans and African Americans. For students of any ethnic background, a major in AAS offers a uniquely rounded liberal arts education that can lead to a wide variety of career options or further studies.

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare the major in African and African-American Studies.

Program Requirements

Students in the African and African-American Studies program pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, and must complete the corresponding degree's requirements.

The major consists of 36 credits: 12 credits from the basic core and 24 credits from upper-division courses. After successfully completing 12 credits of introductory work, students are encouraged to specialize in a liberal arts discipline. At least 12 of the 24 required upper-division credits must be in the chosen area of specialization.

Required Basic Core (12 credits, four courses)

  • AAS100 Introduction to African-American Studies
  • AAS104 Institutional Racism
  • AAS113 Introduction to African-American History
  • AAS114 African-American History 1865-present
  • AAS204 African Politics and Society
  • AAS215 Caribbean History
  • AAS235 Introduction to African-American Literature

Required Upper-division Courses (24 credits)

Students complete at least 12 credits in their chosen area of specialization. The remaining 12 credits are selected from the Department of African and African-American Studies or, where necessary, from other departments by advisement from the Department of African and African-American Studies.