3090 African-American Studies

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in African-American Studies
    • Concentration in Humanities
    • Concentration in Social/Behavioral Science
    • Concentration in Pre-Education
  • Minor in African American Studies

Department of African-American Studies
962 One Park Place South

Akinyele Umoja, Chair
Makungu Akinyela, Undergraduate Director

African-American Studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of African people nationally and globally. The field recognizes that the lived experience of African and African descendant peoples world wide are impacted by a myriad of factors including cultural diversity, emerging technologies, and political economy.  As an interdisciplinary field of concentration, it offers, enhances, and critiques knowledge presented in the traditional disciplines and professions, scholarly and artistic accounts of the realities of the lives of African-Americans, and perspectives on social change. The Department of African-American Studies provides students with the intellectual origins, concepts, research, and models of the discipline; the knowledge and skills necessary for the study of group cultures; and a curriculum that contributes to the goals of African-American Studies and a culturally diverse education. Civic engagement, service learning, and a social justice orientation are fundamental aspects to the African-American Studies curriculum. Faculty and courses are drawn from the department itself and from other departments/schools/institutes in the university.

Visit the major maps for this program  at cas.gsu.edu/major/african-american-studies/ for a year-by-year overview of class info, co-curricular opportunities, advisement and assistance, and much more.

Program Degree Requirements

Alternatives are available to some core and major requirements. Please see a degree program adviser for specific guidelines.

In addition to the Program Degree Requirements, students must fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements (see section 3030) and the University Degree Requirements (see section 1400).

B.A. in African-American Studies

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major Field (18)

  1. Required Courses (12)
    • AAS 1140 Introduction to African and African-American History and Culture (3)
    • AAS 2010 Introduction to African-American Studies (3)
    • AH 1850 Survey of Art III: Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas (3)
    • SOCI 1160 Introduction to Social Problems (3)
  2. Foreign Language (3)
    • Lang 1002 Elementary II (3)
  3. Select one additional course from the following (3):

Area G: Major Courses (33)

A grade of C or higher is required in all major courses.

  1. Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (6)
    • AAS 3980 Research Methods in African-American Studies-CTW (3)
    • AAS 4980 Seminar and Practicum in African-American Studies-CTW (3)
  2. Major Requirements (9)
    • AAS 3120 African Diaspora (3)
    • AAS 3975 Concepts and Theories in African-American Studies (3)
    • AAS 4120 African American Political Thought
  3. Literature Course: Select one course (3)
    • AAS 3880 African-American Literature (3)
    • AAS 3960 African-American Literature by Women (3)
    • AAS 4890 Caribbean Literature (3)
  4. A minimum of 15 hours must be taken from African-American Studies courses at 3000-4000 level which must include: three courses from one of the two areas (Humanities and Social/Behavioral Sciences) of concentration and two courses from the remaining areas of concentration.
Humanities Concentration
  • AAS 3080 Issues in African-American Philosophy (3)
  • AAS 3450 History of African-Americans in Georgia (3)
  • AAS 3500 Jazz History (3)
  • AAS 3810 History of African-American Music (3)
  • AAS 3880 African-American Literature (3)
  • AAS 3955 Language in the African-American Community (3)
  • AAS 3960 African-American Literature by Women (3)
  • AAS 4125 Black Feminist Thought (3)
  • AAS 4230 Religions of the African World (3)
  • AAS 4250 African-American Religion (3)
  • AAS 4300 African Art (3)
  • AAS 4310 Art of Ancient Egypt and Nubia (3)
  • AAS 4320 African-American Art (3)
  • AAS 4350 Black Visual Representation: The Iconography of the African Diaspora (3)
  • AAS 4360 Studies in Black Dance (3)
  • AAS 4600 Enslavement and Resistance in North America (3)
  • AAS 4620 Enslavement in the Americas (3)
  • AAS 4625 The Black Mecca and Black Popular Culture (3)
  • AAS 4640 African-American People (4)
  • AAS 4650 African-American Theatre (3)
  • AAS 4660 African-American Women (4)
  • AAS 4750 African-American Ethical and Legal Issues (3)
  • AAS 4760 Eastern Africa and the Horn of Africa (4)
  • AAS 4765 Central and Southern Africa (4)
  • AAS 4770 Western Africa (4)
  • AAS 4772 Women in Africa (3)
  • AAS 4774 African Rebellions (3)
  • AAS 4776 Africa and Hollywood: Myth, Romance, and Savage Imagery (4)
  • AAS 4890 Caribbean Literature (3)
  • AAS 4950 African-American Popular Culture (3)
Social/Behavioral Science Concentration
  • AAS 3000 African-American Family (3)
  • AAS 3050 Introduction to African-American Psychology (3)
  • AAS 3070 African Americans in the Criminal Justice System (3)
  • AAS 3240 Peoples and Cultures of Africa (3)
  • AAS 3980 Research Methods in African-American Studies-CTW (3)
  • AAS 4000 Issues in the African-American Community (3)
  • AAS 4030 African-American Male/Female Relationships (3)
  • AAS 4080 African-American Female Activism (3)
  • AAS 4100 African-American Women in the United States (3)
  • AAS 4160 African-American Politics (3)
  • AAS 4180 Politics of the Civil Rights Movement (3)
  • AAS 4280 African-American Anthropology (3)
  • AAS 4400 Geography of Africa (3)
  • AAS 4530 Voices of African-American Feminists (3)
  • AAS 4670 Black Education in the American South (3)
  • AAS 4780 African-American Lesbian and Gay Activism (3)
  • AAS 4900 African-Americans in Film (4)
Pre-Education Concentration

The Department of African-American Studies offers a pre-education track with a concentration in history for students who wish to become public school teachers and to be certified to teach by completing the initial teacher preparation for the M.A.T. Program in Social Studies Education in the College of Education and Human Development (or a similar master’s level initial preparation program at another university). The pre-education track in African-American studies develops teachers to work effectively in multi-cultural classrooms. The pre-education track in African-American Studies prepares teachers to teach students from diverse ethnic, gender, cultural, and social class groups by offering curricula that examine the histories and experiences of people of African descent and aspects of cultural identity formation in the U.S., Africa, and the Caribbean. This track also prepares educators to develop their students to be citizens of a global community. Students who wish to pursue the pre-education track in African-American studies must take ten designated upper-division major courses (33 credit hours) and complete the course work in two or more of the following allied fields: political science (9), geography (9), economics (9), and education(9).

  1. Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (6)
    • AAS 3980 Research Methods in African-American Studies-CTW (3)
  2. Additional Courses (27):

Total Number of Hours: 33

Allied Fields (18)

Select two or more out of the following fields:

    • Political Science (9) (3000-4000 level courses)
    • Geography (9) (3000-4000 level courses)
    • Economics (9) (3000-4000 level courses)
    • Education (Required: EXC 4020; along with two of the following: LT 3210, EDCI 3200, EDUC 3010, EDUC 4982, EDSS 3400, and EDLA 3200) (9)
    • One Behavioral Sciences field: Anthropology, Sociology, or Psychology (9) (3000-4000 level courses)

Area H: Minor and Additional Courses

Students majoring in African-American Studies:

  1. Are not required to take a minor.
  2. Must take additional courses as electives to complete a minimum of 120 hours, exclusive of KH 1010.

Minor in African-American Studies

Students who wish to minor in African-American Studies should complete the following requirements (15). A grade of C or higher is required in all minor courses.

  1. Complete the following three courses (9)
    • AAS 2010 Introduction to African-American Studies (3)
    • AAS 3120 African Diaspora (3)
    • AAS 4120 African-American Political Thought (3)
  2. Select two African-American Studies courses at the 3000 level or above (6).

Graduation with Distinction in the Major

This department offers undergraduate students with the opportunity to earn the designation of graduation with distinction in the major. Please contact the department undergraduate director for the specific criteria for this honor.