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College of Liberal Arts

African American Studies

The African American Studies and Research Center Program is designed to acquaint the student with the historical, sociological, cultural, political, economic and psychological dimensions of the black experience in America and in Africa. The courses, taught by faculty from various disciplines, provide an understanding and appreciation of the contributions and present-day situation of blacks in the African Diaspora.

Other courses needed to satisfy a major or minor in this area of study are offered in the College of Liberal Arts departments of Anthropology, Communication, History, Philosophy, Political Science, English and Sociology; and the School of Visual and Performing Arts. Study Abroad opportunities are available in Brazil, Cuba and South Africa

Suggested Arrangement of Courses

Freshman Year

First Semester Second Semester
(3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)* (3) Individual and Society*
(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition) or (3) ENGL 10800 (Accelerated First-Year Composition)* (3) Mathematics and Statistics*
(3) Mathematics and Statistics* (3) Other Languages* or elective
(3) Other Languages*† (3) Racial and Ethnic Diversity*, Note A
(3) Elective (3) Western Heritage*
(15-16) (15)


Sophomore Year

Third Semester Fourth Semester
(3) Aesthetic Awareness* (3) Natural Sciences*
(3) Natural Sciences* (3) Other Cultures*
(3) Other Languages* or elective (3) Requirement, Note A
(3) Requirement, Note A (3) United States Tradition*
(3) Elective (3) Elective or minor
(15)   (15)  


Junior Year

Fifth Semester Sixth Semester
(3) Gender Issues* (3) Requirement, Note C
(3) Global Perspective* (3) Requirement, Note D
(3) Requirement, Note B (3) Social Ethics*
(3) Requirement, Note C (3) Elective or minor
(3) Elective or minor (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(18)   (18)  


Senior Year

Seventh Semester Eighth Semester
(3) Requirement, Note B (3) Requirement, Note B
(3) Requirement, Note E (3) Elective or minor
(3) Elective or minor (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(15)   (15)  

African American Studies Notes

* See "Core."

† Some students may need to begin language courses at a lower level.

‡ The following courses may substitute for relevant courses in Requirements B, C, D and E: IDIS 37000, 37200, 37500, 37600, 37800, 47300, 49000.

  1. Nine hours from AAS 27100, 37100, or 37300 and 47400.
  2. Nine hours in the social sciences related to Africa or the African Diaspora: AAS 37000, 37100, 37500, 37600, 37700, 47300, 49000, 49100; IDIS 37200; POL 32600; SOC 51400, 51500.
  3. Six hours in history related to Africa or the African Diaspor): HIST 34100/34200, 39200, 39600/39800, 44100, 46900, 59400; AAS 37000, 37500, 37600, 39200, 47300, 49000, 49100.
  4. Three hours in English related to Africa or the African Diaspora: AAS 35900, 37000, 37300, 37600, 47300, 49000, 49100, ENGL 25700, 35800, 35900.
  5. Three hours in visual and performing arts related to Africa or the African Diaspora: AD 39000; MUS 37700, 37800; AAS 27700, 47300, 49000, 49100.