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B.A. Program: Major Check List

30 credit hours are required to complete a major in African American Studies.

I. Prerequisites:

All students must successfully complete two of the following courses prior to formal admission to program (6 credits):

Course Course Title
AAS/ANT 112 Introduction to African American Studies in the Social Sciences (3 credits)
  And Either
AAS 231 African American Literature to 1900: An Introduction (3 credits)
  Or
AAS 232 African American Literature 20th & 21st Century: An Introduction (3 credits)


II. Major Credits (24 credits required):

At least 18 of the credits bust be above the AAS 299 level.

A. Six credits must be taken in AAS core:

Course Course Title
AAS/HST 332 African American History before 1865
  OR
AAS/HST 333 African American History after 1865
  AND
AAS 525 Research Methods in African American Studies

B. Six credits may be chosen from:

Course Course Title
AAS 202 Caribbean Society since Independence
AAS 206 Intro: African American Music
AAS 207 A Survey of African Music
AAS 233 The Caribbean Novel
AAS 234 The African Novel
AAS 235 African American Drama
AAS 241/REL 281 African Religions: An Introduction
AAS 254 Ethnic Communities

C. Students must also complete six credits in either humanities or the social sciences track:

1. Humanities:

Course Course Title
Choose one from the following:  
AAS 305 African Orature
AAS 331 The African American Novel: 20th & 21st Century
AAS 433 The Harlem Renaissance: Literature and Ideology
Choose one from the following:  
AAS 312 Pan Africanism
AAS 345/REL 345 African American Religious History
AAS 361 Art of the Black World

2. Social Sciences:

Course Course Title
AAS 470 Internship in African American Studies
And one of the following:  
AAS/PSC 306 African American Politics
AAS 309 Black Sexuality
AAS 312 Pan Africanism
AAS/PSC 341 African Politics
AAS/SOC 353 Sociology of the Black Experience


III. Electives:

Twelve credits may be taken in any additional advance courses in African American Studies (Humanities and/or Social Science) chosen in consultation with your Undergraduate Advisor. (Please note: The following AAS course does not satisfy major requirements of the Department but does satisfy liberal arts requirements: AAS 138 Writing About Black Culture)

A. Humanities:

Course Course Title
AAS 300/400/500 Selected Topics
AAS 302 Contemporary African American Theater
AAS/WSP 303 Black Women Writers
AAS 304 Workshop in African American Theater
AAS 305 African Orature
AAS/WSP 307 African Women Writers
AAS 310 Elements of Theatre Production
AAS 312 Pan Africanism
AAS/HST 325 History of Africa to 1800
AAS/HST 326 History of Africa since 1800
AAS/HST 327 History of Southern Africa
AAS 331 The African American Novel: 20th Century
AAS/HST 332 African American History before 1865
AAS/HST 333 African American History after 1865
AAS 338 Creative Writing Workshop
AAS/REL 345 African American Religious History
AAS 361 Art of the Black World
AAS 367 Protest Movements and African American Artists
AAS 380/480/580 International Courses (DIPA)
AAS 390/490/590 Independent Study
AAS/HST 402 Slavery and Abolition
AAS/WSP 403 African and Caribbean Women Writers
AAS 409 History of Jazz
AAS 433 The Harlem Renaissance: Literature and Ideology
AAS 434 Underground Railroad
AAS 445 Caribbean: Sex., Cap. And Tourism
AAS 465 The Image of Blacks in Art and Film
AAS 470 Internship in African American Studies
AAS 503 Black Paris: Studies in Literature, Culture and Intellectual Life
AAS 510 Studies in African American History
AAS 512 African American Women’s History
AAS 513 Toni Morrison: Black Book Seminar
AAS/REL 543 Religious Cultures of the American South

B. Social Science Courses

Course Course Title
AAS 300/400/500 Selected Topics
AAS 305 African Orature
AAS/PSC 306 African American Politics
AAS 309 Black Sexuality
AAS 312 Pan Africanism
AAS/GEO 336 Africa, Problems and Prospects
AAS/PSC 341 African Politics
AAS/REL 345 African American Religious History
AAS 352 Research in African American Community Programs
AAS/SOC 353 Sociology of the African Experience
AAS/PSC 364 African International Relations
AAS 367 Protest Movements and African American Community Programs
AAS 380/480/580 International Courses (DIPA)
AAS 390/490/590 Independent Study
AAS/SOC 410 Seminar in Social Change
AAS 433 The Harlem Renaissance: Literature and Ideology
AAS 434 Underground Railroad
AAS 470 Internship in African American Studies
AAS 501 African American Social Practice 1900-1945
AAS 525 Research Methods in African American Studies
AAS 540 Seminar in African American Studies