Undergraduate Program

Major Requirements

A minimum of 10 courses (40 credits) is required, including:

Three required courses:

AAS 297: Topics in African and African American Studies

AAS 380: Senior Seminar or AAS393: Senior Tutorial (Independent Research Project)

And one of the following introductory courses:

Seven African and African-American studies electives*

Below are some limited examples of electives

*No more than two electives can be at the 100-level and at least four must be grouped in either the social sciences (SS) or humanities (H). Including the introductory course, the student cannot have more than three 100-level courses count for the major.

For the purpose of determining the divisional identity of the major (Social Sciences or Humanities), courses originating from FDI (AAS such as 297, AAS 380 or AAS 393) will be considered neutral. The divisional identity of the major will therfore be determined based on the balance of the rest of the courses taken by the student.

*No more than 6 electives can be in a single department

**Students may also take a Senior Tutorial when the seminar is not offered. Students also have the option of taking an advanced AAS course to replace the Senior Seminar. In this case, The Undergraduate Advisor must approve the replacement course


In order to further help AAS majors get a more intellectually rewarding experience, we suggest three tracks that focus on Race and Social Issues, Visual, Performing, and Literary Arts, and Slavery and Its Legacies.

Race and Social Issues Track

This track, expanding on the cluster of the same name, looks at issues from a double racial and social approach, emphasizing the need to consider race and class status as fundamental reading paeameters in exploring texts, films, and cultures

For this track, students must complete the following courses required for all AAS Majors:

Three required courses:

AAS 297: Topics in African and African-American Studies

AAS 380: Senior Seminar or AAS 393: Senior Tutorial (Independent Research Project)

And one of the following introductory courses:

Choose from 2-4 courses that focus on social issues

 

Choose from 2-4 courses that focus on social issues

Visual, Performing, and Literary Arts Track

Students in this track learn about the significance of visual, performing arts and literature in the lived experience of the African Diaspora, the African continent, and the African-American community.

For this track, students must complete the following courses required for all AAS Majors:

Three required courses:

AAS 297: Topics in African and African American Studies

AAS 380: Senior Seminar or AAS 393: Senior Tutorial (Independent Research Project)

And one of the following introductory courses:

 

Choose at least two and no more than five courses from each of the two following groups:

Music, Dance, and Visual Arts:

 

Literary Arts

Slavery and Its Legacies Track 

With this track, students embark on an intellectual journey that leads to a deeper understanding of the fact of slavery, the slave trade, and its myriads of legacies. Education abroad in slave castles (Ghana, Africa) and sites of remembrance and commemoration of the slave trade and slavery are strongly recommended.

For this track, students must complete the following courses required for all AAS Majors:

Three required courses:

AAS 297: Topics in African and African American Studies

AAS 380: Senior Seminar or AAS 393: Senior Tutorial (Independent Research Project)

And one of the following introductory courses:

 

Choose 4 foundational courses from the following:

 

Choose four courses that focus on the legacies of slavery from the following: