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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:

  • AAS 106/HIS 106: Colonial and Contemporary Africa (SS)
  • AAS 110/HIS 110: Introduction to African and African-American Studies (SS)
  • AAS 141/HIS 165: African-American History I (SS)
  • AAS 142/HIS 166: African-American History II (SS)
  • AAS 156/ENG 116: Indtroduction to African-American Literature (H)
  • AAS 170/REL 170: Religionand Hip-Hop Culture (H)
  • AAS 185/REL 157: African-American Religious History (H) 

Seven African and African-American studies electives*

Below are some limited examples of electives

  • AAS 122/MUR 122: History of Jazz (H)
  • AAS 141/HIS 165: African-American History I (SS)
  • AAS 142/HIS 166: African-American History II (SS)
  • AAS 156/ENG 116: Introduction to African-American Literature
  • AAS 168/MUR 168B: West Africa Drumming ADV (H)
  • AAS 170/REL 170: Religion and Hip-Hop Culture (H)
  • AAS 183/REL 183: Incarceration Nation (H)
  • AAS 185/REL 157: African American Religious History (H)
  • AAS 210/MUR 210: Ngoma: Drumming, Dance, and Ritual in Southern Africa
  • AAS 220/FMS 213/AH 213: Race and Gender in Pop Film (H)
  • AAS 235/ANT235: The Black Body: Intersecting Intimacies (SS)
  • AAS 237: Representing African-Americans in the African Imagination (H)
  • AAS 242/PSC 241: Urban Change and City Politics (SS)
  • AAS 229/ENG 228: Slavery & the 20th Century African-American Novel (H)
  • AAS 231/ENG 228: African-American Drama (H) (Fall 2015)
  • AAS 272/ENG 228: The Harlem Renaissance (H) (Spring 2017)
  • AAS 226/FR 247: Black Paris (H)
  • AAS 244/ENG 242: Black Intellectuals and Global Contexts (H)
  • AAS 213/GSW 213: Politics of Nature: Gender, Race, and the Environment (SS)
  • AAS 202/HIS 201: New Perspectives in Global History (SS)
  • AAS 218/HIS 218: The Hisotrical Origins of Unequal Development Among Ethnic Nationalities and State Policy: A Comparative Study of Brazil, the United States, and Nigeria (SS)
  • AAS 257: The Anthropology of Symbolic Violence (SS)
  • AAS 249/HIS 269: The Civil War (SS)
  • AAS 253/ECO 253W: Economics of Discrimination (SS)
  • AAS 256/HIS 274: History of Race in America (SS)
  • AAS 281/HIS 281: The Role of the State in Global Historical Perspective (SS)

*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:

  • AAS 106/HIS 106: Colonial and Contemporary Africa (SS)
  • AAS 110/HIS 110: Introduction to African and African-American Studies (SS)
  • AAS 141/HIS 165: African-American History I (SS)
  • AAS 142/HIS 166: African-American History II (SS)
  • AAS 156/ENG 116: Introduction to African-American Literature (H)
  • AAS 170/REL 170: Religion and Hip-Hop Culture (H)
  • AAS 185/REL 157: African-American Religious History (H)

Choose from 2-4 courses that focus on social issues

  • AAS185/ENG 230: African American Autobiography (H)
  • AAS 220/FMS 213/AH213: Race and Gender in Pop Film (H)
  • AAS 237: Representing African-Americans in the African Imagination (H)
  • AAS 229/ENG 228:  Slavery & the 20th-Century African-American Novel (H)
  • AAS 226/FR 247: Black Paris (H)
  • AAS 213/GSW 213: Politics of Nature: Gender, Race, and the Environment (SS)
  • AAS 249/HIS 269: The Civil War (SS)
  • AAS 253/ECO 253W: Economics of Discrimination (SS)
  • AAS 256/HIS 274: History of Race in America (SS)

 

Choose from 2-4 courses that focus on social issues

  • AAS 170/REL 170: Religion and Hip-Hop Culture (H)
  • AAS 183/REL 183: Incarceration Nation (H)
  • AAS185/REL157: African American Religious History (H)
  • AAS185/ENG 230: African American Autobiography (H)
  • AAS 220/FMS 213/AH213: Race and Gender in Pop Film (H)
  • AAS 235/ANT235: The Black Body: Intersecting Intimacies (SS)
  • AAS 237: Representing African-Americans in the African Imagination (H)
  • AAS 242/PSC 241: Urban Change and City Politics (SS)
  • AAS 226/FR 247: Black Paris (H)
  • AAS 244/ENG 242: Black Intellectuals and Global Contexts (H)
  • AAS 213/GSW 213: Politics of Nature: Gender, Race, and the Environment (SS)
  • AAS 218/HIS 218: The Historical Origins of Unequal Development Among Ethnic Nationalities and State Policy: A Comparative Study of Brazil, the United States, and Nigeria (SS)
  • AAS 257: The Anthropology of Symbolic Violence (SS)
  • AAS 249/HIS 269: The Civil War (SS)
  • AAS 253/ECO 253W: Economics of Discrimination (SS)
  • AAS 256/HIS 274: History of Race in America (SS)
  • AAS 281/HIS 281: The Role of the State in Global Historical Perspective (SS)

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:

  • AAS 106/HIS 106: Colonial and Contemporary Africa (SS)
  • AAS 110/HIS 110: Introduction to African and African-American Studies (SS)
  • AAS 141/HIS 165: African-American History I (SS)
  • AAS 142/HIS 166: African-American History II (SS)
  • AAS 156/ENG 116: Introduction to African-American Literature (H)
  • AAS 170/REL 170: Religion and Hip-Hop Culture (H)
  • AAS 185/REL 157: African-American Religious History (H)

 

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

Music, Dance, and Visual Arts:

  • AAS 170/REL 170: Religion and Hip-Hop Culture (H)
  • AAS 122/MUR122: History of Jazz (H)
  • AAS 121/MUR 121: World Music in Context
  • AAS 151/MUR 151: The Blues
  • AAS 161/ENS 261: Mbira Ensemble
  • AAS 168/MUR 168B: West Africa Drumming ADV (H)
  • AAS 210/MUR 210: Ngoma: Drumming, Dance, and Ritual in Southern Africa.
  • AAS 220/FMS 213/AH213: Race and Gender in Pop Film (H)
  • AAS 270/AH 266: African-American Visual Culture
  • AAS 235/ANT235: The Black Body: Intersecting Intimacies (SS)

 

Literary Arts

  • AAS 156/ENG 116: Introduction to African-American Literature (H)
  • AAS 168/MUR 168B: West Africa Drumming ADV (H)
  • AAS185/ENG 230: African American Autobiography (H)
  • AAS 237: Representing African-Americans in the African Imagination (H)
  • AAS 229/ENG 228:  Slavery & the 20th-Century African-American Novel (H)
  • AAS 231/ENG 228:  African-American Drama (H)
  • AAS 272/ENG 228:  The Harlem Renaissance (H)
  • AAS 226/FR 247: Black Paris (H)

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:

  • AAS 106/HIS 106: Colonial and Contemporary Africa (SS)
  • AAS 110/HIS 110: Introduction to African and African-American Studies (SS)
  • AAS 141/HIS 165: African-American History I (SS)
  • AAS 142/HIS 166: African-American History II (SS)
  • AAS 156/ENG 116: Introduction to African-American Literature (H)
  • AAS 170/REL 170: Religion and Hip-Hop Culture (H)
  • AAS 185/REL 157: African-American Religious History (H)

 

Choose 4 foundational courses from the following:

 

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

  • AAS 106/HIS 106: Colonial and Contemporary Africa (SS)
  • AAS 141/HIS 165: African-American History I (SS)
  • AAS 156/ENG 116: Introduction to African-American Literature (H)
  • AAS 170/REL 170: Religion and Hip-Hop Culture (H)
  • AAS 122/MUR122: History of Jazz (H)
  • AAS 183/REL 183: Incarceration Nation (H)
  • AAS185/ENG 230: African American Autobiography (H)
  • AAS 220/FMS 213/AH213: Race and Gender in Pop Film (H)
  • AAS 235/ANT235: The Black Body: Intersecting Intimacies (SS)
  • AAS 237: Representing African-Americans in the African Imagination (H)
  • AAS 242/PSC 241: Urban Change and City Politics (SS)
  • AAS 229/ENG 228:  Slavery & the 20th-Century African-American Novel (H)
  • AAS 231/ENG 228:  African-American Drama (H)
  • AAS 272/ENG 228:  The Harlem Renaissance (H)
  • AAS 226/FR 247: Black Paris (H)
  • AAS 244/ENG 242: Black Intellectuals and Global Contexts (H)
  • AAS 213/GSW 213: Politics of Nature: Gender, Race, and the Environment (SS)
  • AAS 218/HIS 218: The Historical Origins of Unequal Development Among Ethnic Nationalities and State Policy: A Comparative Study of Brazil, the United States, and Nigeria (SS)
  • AAS 257: The Anthropology of Symbolic Violence (SS)
  • AAS 249/HIS 269: The Civil War (SS)
  • AAS 253/ECO 253W: Economics of Discrimination (SS)
  • AAS 256/HIS 274: History of Race in America (SS)