The African American and African Studies major/minor is geared towards both the scholarly and the working world. We aim to produce graduates who are ready for advanced graduate study in the humanities or social sciences; we also aim to produce professionals who can work in a variety of fields that require an understanding of the history and cultures of African and African-descended peoples. Our major and minor can be used in a broad array of fields, such as marketing; journalism; education; and the arts. In future we hope to establish internships for our majors, where they can apply their scholarly knowledge to a particular career.
Flexibility is a key characteristic of our program. African American and African Studies majors have a wide array of courses to choose from, and may also take courses in other departments as a way to fulfill electives in their major. Additionally, some of the courses in African American and African Studies may be taken for credit towards a major or minor in another department. The Department of African American and African Studies is dedicated to giving our students the most expansive education possible, and for this reason we allow our students a range of course options, both from within and without the department. Several of our courses are also offered during the evening.
Thirty-six credits (36) are required for a major in African American and African Studies.
The following courses (21 credits) are required:
21:014:111, 112 -- Introduction to African American & African Studies
21:014:305 -- Black Women in the United States
21:014:306 – Comparative Race Relations
21:014:*** – Literature of Africa and/or Caribbean
***The following courses are examples of what will fulfill this requirement: 014:304,358,370; 350:256,356; 352:395,396
21:014:396 -- The African-American Community
21:014:412 -- Senior Seminar
Fifteen (15) additional credits in electives are required for completion of the major.
Eighteen (18) credits will be required for a minor:
21:014:111,112 -- Introduction to African American & African Studies
4 Electives in African American and African Studies (12 credits, 014 prefix or related areas)