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African-American and African Studies Major

Requirements for AAS Majors

The African-American and African Studies interdisciplinary major comprises 9 courses (29 credit hours) that are selected from the list of AAS courses, approved by an AAS faculty advisor, and satisfy the following requirements:

  1. AAS 1010 and 1020, with a ā€œCā€ or better in both courses
  2. One course concerning race and politics in the United States
  3. One course in the humanities (Art History, Drama, English, French, Music, Philosophy, or Religious Studies)
  4. One course in the social sciences or history (Anthropology, Economics, Government and Foreign Affairs, History, Psychology, Slavic Languages, Sociology). This course must be in addition to AAS 1010 and 1020.
  5. One course about Africa, which may fulfill requirements 3–4 above
  6. Three courses at or above the 3000 level, which may fulfill requirements 2–5 above
  7. One seminar at or above the 4000-level that requires a 17–20 page research paper
  8. A major GPA of 2.0

Up to 11 credits in another departmental major may count toward an AAS major, if the courses are among those that appear in the list of AAS courses. Up to 6 transfer credits from relevant study abroad programs may be counted toward the major, with the advance written permission of the AAS Director of Undergraduate Programs.

Declaring an AAS Major

In order to declare a major, a student must have taken, or be enrolled in, AAS 1010 or 1020. Students considering a major in African-American and African Studies may consult any AAS faculty advisor, or contact the Director of Undergraduate Programs (DUP), Lisa Shutt .

PDF document icon Major Worksheet in African-American and African Studies (.pdf, 23KB)

The procedure for declaring a major in African-American and African Studies is as follows:

  • Pick up a Declaration of Major form in Monroe Hall.
  • Make an appointment with the DUP, Lisa Shutt, whose office is in Minor Hall 102.
  • Bring the Declaration form and PDF document icon major worksheet (.pdf, 23KB), to your appointment.
  • Be prepared to discuss the courses you have taken, or plan to take, to fulfill the AAS requirements.

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