B.A. in African-American Studies

Program Information

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 worldwide 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.

Suggested Schedule of Courses

This is a suggested 4-year schedule of courses based on degree requirements in the current catalog.  This guide is not a substitute for academic advisement — contact your advisement office if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements.  Also see the Undergraduate Catalog for a complete list of requirements and electives to choose from. 

Students may choose to attend a summer term to reduce their load during fall or spring semesters but still stay on track to graduate in four years.


Year 1

Term 1

Course Hours

ENGL 1101

3

MATH 1101

3

**GSU 1010

1

***AAS 2010

3

*Area D Science Sequence “A”

4
Total Hours 14

Term 2

Course Hours

ENGL 1102

3

POLS 1101

3

Area B Elective

2

Area C Elective

3

Area D: Science Sequence “B”

4
Total Hours 15

Notes

*This course is not included in Freshman Learning Communities.

**GSU 1010 is an optional course for students enrolled in a Freshman Learning Community.

***This course may include a Signature Experience component. Make sure to maximize the experience and consider adding a description to your Portfolium, CV or resume.

 AAS places major emphasis on service-learning opportunities; they are integrated into about seven classes that connect course content with service experience, starting and ending with AAS 2010 and AAS 4980.

Also look for chances to present papers at conferences hosted by the Association for the Study of African American Life (ASALH) and the National Council for Black Studies (NCBS), among others.

             Do not forget to seek out and apply for AAS-related internships and scholarships. 

 


Year 2

Term 1

Course Hours

AAS 1140

3

Foreign Language 1002

3

Area B Elective

2

Area C Elective

3

Area E Elective

3

Area F Elective

3
Total Hours 17

Term 2

Course Hours

AH 1850

3

HIST 2110

3

SOCI 1160

3

Area D Math/Science Elective

3

Area E Social Science Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Notes

 AAS places major emphasis on service-learning opportunities; they are integrated into about seven classes that connect course content with service experience, starting and ending with AAS 2010 and AAS 4980.

Also look for chances to present papers at conferences hosted by the Association for the Study of African American Life (ASALH) and the National Council for Black Studies (NCBS), among others.

             Do not forget to seek out and apply for AAS-related internships and scholarships. 

 


Year 3

Term 1

Course Hours

AAS 3120

3

Area G Elective

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3
Total Hours 12

Term 2

Course Hours

AAS 3975

3

AAS 4120

3

Area G Elective

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Notes

Click here for courses that fulfill Area G and H and may also include a Signature Experience component.

 AAS places major emphasis on service-learning opportunities; they are integrated into about seven classes that connect course content with service experience, starting and ending with AAS 2010 and AAS 4980.

Also look for chances to present papers at conferences hosted by the Association for the Study of African American Life (ASALH) and the National Council for Black Studies (NCBS), among others.

             Do not forget to seek out and apply for AAS-related internships and scholarships. 

 


Year 4

Term 1

Course Hours

Area G Elective

3

Area G Elective

3

Area G Elective

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Term 2

Course Hours

***AAS 4980

3

Area G Elective

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3

Area H Elective

3
Total Hours 15

Notes

***This course may include a Signature Experience component. Make sure to maximize the experience and consider adding a description to your Portfolium, CV or resume.
Click here for courses that fulfill Area G and H and may also include a Signature Experience component.

 AAS places major emphasis on service-learning opportunities; they are integrated into about seven classes that connect course content with service experience, starting and ending with AAS 2010 and AAS 4980.

Also look for chances to present papers at conferences hosted by the Association for the Study of African American Life (ASALH) and the National Council for Black Studies (NCBS), among others.

             Do not forget to seek out and apply for AAS-related internships and scholarships.