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Department of African American Studies

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Major in African American Studies

You will be exposed to exciting and rigorous coursework and develop an understanding of race and the African American experience, as well as the dynamics of the African diaspora. You also will be able to develop service-learning experience by applying your knowledge in local civic organizations, public agencies, churches and institutes of research.


A grade of C or above is required for the course to count toward the BA degree in African American Studies. 

  • AFAM 201: Intro to African American Studies: Social and Historical Foundations
  • AFAM 202: Intro to African American Studies: Arts and Cultural Foundations
  • Society and History (6 hours): Select two AFAM or approved discipline-based courses in social and historical topics (i.e. POLI, SOCI, PSYC, WGST, HIST, RELG, SOST JOUR, ANTH, and EDUC)
  • Arts and Culture (6 hours): Select two AFAM or approved discipline-based courses in arts and cultural topics (i.e. ENGL, CPLT, ANTH, FILM, THEA, DANC, LING, and all Art disciplines)
  • Three Additional Major Courses (9 hours): Select 3 AFAM or discipline-based courses (300-level or above) organized around 1-2 subjects in consultation with advisor
  • AFAM 498 or AFAM 499 (3 hours): Seminar in African American Studies

How to apply

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