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African and African American Studies Major (B.A.)

Program objectives for a B.A. in African and African American Studies are to: (a). define the term "diaspora" and describe the history, scope and impact of the post-Renaissance diaspora of African peoples; (b) critique the experiences of African and African American women within the context of the collective experiences of Africans and African Americans and the world as a whole; (c) apply methodological approaches and analytical skills used in the humanities, the social and behavioral sciences, or the arts to the study of the experiences of Africans and people of African descent in the Diaspora; (d) demonstrate an understanding of the links between African cultural institutions and those of people of African descent in the Diaspora; (e) compare and contrast the history and cultures of peoples of Africa to the history and cultures of peoples of African descent in the Diaspora.

A. University General Education Program (41 hours)

See Graduation from the University for the University General Education Program requirements.

B. College and Degree (B.A.) Requirements (13 hours)

The College and Bachelor of Arts requirements are in addition to the University General Education Program requirements and are listed above.

C. The Major (30 hours)

1. Major Core (18 hours):

Completion of AAAS 2100, 3100 (or one of the following: ANTH 4010, CJUS 3130, COMM 3330, SOCI 3322), and 4100; and one course selected from each concentration (9 hours).

2. Concentration (12 hours):

a. Humanities: AAAS 4351; ENGL 3325, 3326, 4372, 4373, 4374, 4521; HIST 3233, 3273, 3281, 3282, 3670, 3840, 3881, 4022, 4050-69 (Special Topics related to African American experience), 4222, 4273, 4283, 4288, 4289, 4853, 4871, 4879, 4880, 4882; PHIL 3452, 3741.

b. Social and Behavioral Sciences: AAAS 4251; ANTH 3232, 3242, 3282, 3511, 4051, 4120, 4220, 4352, 4411, 4412, 4571, 4660, 4661, 4662; CJUS 3510, 4460; ESCI 4431; ECON 3411, 4740; POLS  3306, 3320, 3325, 3330, 3415, 3420, 4101, 4222,  4317, 4415, 4416, 4511; SLS 4145; SOCI 3112, 3311, 3401, 3420, 3422, 3432, 4420, 4442, 4460, 4631.

c. The Arts: AAAS 4451; ARTH 4111, 4112, 4113, 4181, 4183, 4185, 4660, 4661, 4662; COMM 3360, 3361, 4341, 4364, 4373, 4375; MUHL 4800, 4801, 4804, 4805, 4806, 4807; THEA 4559.

D. Electives

Electives may be chosen to bring the total number of hours to 120.

African and African American Studies Minor

Completion of 18 semester hours including AAAS 2100, 3100, and 12 hours of electives from the following groups, with at least 3 hours from each group. Students may also choose other courses not on the following list as substitutions with the approval of the African and African American Studies advisor:

a. Humanities: AAAS 4351; ENGL 3325, 3326, 4372, 4373, 4374, 4521; HIST 3233, 3273, 3281, 3282, 3670, 3840, 3881, 4022, 4050-69 (Special Topics related to African American experience), 4273, 4283, 4288, 4289, 4853, 4871, 4879, 4880, 4882; PHIL 3452, 3741.

b. Social and Behavioral Sciences: AAAS 4251; ANTH 3232, 3242, 3282, 3511, 4010, 4051, 4120, 4220, 4352, 4411, 4412, 4571,4660, 4661, 4662; CJUS 3510, 4460; ESCI 4431; ECON 3411, 4740; POLS 3306, 3320, 3325, 3330, 3415, 3420, 4101, 4222, 4317, 4415, 4416, 4511; SLS 4145; SOCI 3112, 3311, 3401, 3420, 3422, 3432, 4420, 4442, 4460.

c. The Arts: ARTH 4111, 4112, 4113, 4181, 4183, 4185, 4660, 4661, 4662; COMM 3360, 3361, 4341, 4364, 4373, 4375; MUHL 4800, 4801, 4804, 4805, 4806, 4807; THEA 4559.

Typical 4-Year African and African American Studies Sequence

Freshman Year

ENGL 1010 3 ENGL 1020 3
MATH* 3-4 Nat. Sci./Math/B.A. 3-4
Elective 3 Elective 3
Foreign Language/B.A. 3 Foreign Language/B.A. 3
AAAS 2100 3 Humanities* 3
       
Semester Totals 15-16 hrs   15-16 hrs

Sophomore Year

ENGL 2201 or 2202 3 History* 3
Social/Behavioral Sci.* 3 Elective 3
AAAS 3100 3 Fine Arts* 3
Natural Science* 4 Natural Science* 4
Elective 3 AAAS Arts Core 3
Semester Totals 16 hrs   16 hrs

Junior Year

AAAS Humanities Core Elective 3 AAAS Soc/Behav core elective 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences* 3 AAAS conc. elective 3
History* 3 UD elective 3
COMM 2381 3 UD elective 3
AAAS conc. elective 3 Elective 3
       
Semester Totals 15 hrs   15 hrs

Senior Year

UD elective 3 AAAS 4100 3
AAAS conc. elective 3 UD elective 3
UD elective 3 AAAS conc. elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 4
Elective 3    
       
Semester Totals 15 hrs   13 hrs
Total Hours: 120-122

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement