African American Studies Major

The African American Studies major helps students achieve a critical understanding of the forms of knowledge, culture, and social organization that African-Americans have produced, and of the social conditions that have supported and constrained this work. Using interdisciplinary approaches as well as methods drawn from the traditional disciplines, the major exposes students to the ideas, institutions, movements, and practices that African-American peoples have used to survive and shape the modern world. The African American Studies curriculum promotes the critical faculties, cultural competencies, and historical sensibilities of its students, and thereby equips them for success in graduate school, professional school, and the workplace.

African American Studies B.A.

University Park, College of the Liberal Arts (AA ST)

For the B.A. degree in African American Studies, a minimum of 125 credits is required.

Per Senate Policy 83-80.5, the college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. For more information, check the Recommended Academic Plan for your intended program.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits 
(4-10 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR) 
(See description of General Education in the this bulletin)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 23-29 credits

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits 
(3 of these 24 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR, GENERAL EDUCATION, or ELECTIVES and 0-12 credits are included in ELECTIVES if foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination.) 
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in this bulletin.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES
PRESCRIBED COURSES: REQUIRE A GRADE OF C OR BETTER
AFAM 100 Living While Black: Themes in African American Thought and Experience Keystone/General Education Course 3
AFAM 110 Introduction to African American Studies Keystone/General Education Course 3
AFAM/HIST 152 African American History Keystone/General Education Course 3
ADDITIONAL COURSES
ADDITIONAL COURSES: REQUIRE A GRADE OF C OR BETTER
Select 3 credits from the following: 3
The African American Woman Keystone/General Education Course
Women of Color: Cross-Cultural Perspective Keystone/General Education Course
Racism and Sexism
Select 3 credits of the following: 3
Special Topics
Research Methods in Sociology 1
Select 3 credits of the following: 3
Afro-American Studies Seminar
Research Project
Internship
AREA OF CONCENTRATION
Select 12 credits from one of the following four areas of concentration, and 6 more credits from any of the other areas 2,3 18
1. GENDER AND SEXUALITY
The African American Woman Keystone/General Education Course
Women of Color: Cross-Cultural Perspective Keystone/General Education Course
Racism and Sexism
Black & White Sexuality Keystone/General Education Course
Spirit, Space, Survival: Contemporary Black Women
Race, Gender and Science
Women, Gender, and Feminisms in Africa Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3 credits at the 400-level in consultation with your adviser
2. HUMANITIES
African American Religions and Spirituality Keystone/General Education Course
The Life and Thought of Martin Luther King, Jr. Keystone/General Education Course
The Life and Thought of Malcolm X Keystone/General Education Course
Workshop: Theatre in Diverse Cultures Keystone/General Education Course
Freedom's First Generation: African American Life and Work, 1865 to World War II Keystone/General Education Course
African Americans in the New Jim Crow Era, 1968-present
From Folk Shouts and Songs to Hip Hop Poetry
African American Theatre
Contemporary African American Communication
African American Philosophy
The Post-World War II Civil Rights Movement
Slavery and the Literary Imagination
3. SOCIAL SCIENCES AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Diversity and Health
Racial and Ethnic Inequality in America
Black Liberation and American Foreign Policy
Between Nation and Empire: The Caribbean in the 20th Century
Politics of Affirmative Action
Culture and World Politics
Economics of Discrimination
Ethnic Minorities and Schools in the United States
Ethnic and Racial Politics Keystone/General Education Course
Policy Making and Evaluation
Race and Ethnic Relations Keystone/General Education Course
4. MIGRATION AND DIASPORA
Women of Color: Cross-Cultural Perspective Keystone/General Education Course
Afro-Hispanic Civilization
Slavery and Freedom in the Black Atlantic Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to the Modern Caribbean Keystone/General Education Course
Black Liberation and American Foreign Policy
Between Nation and Empire: The Caribbean in the 20th Century
Introduction to Contemporary Africa Keystone/General Education Course
Modern African History Keystone/General Education Course
Globalization and Its Implications
Special Topics
Political Processes in Underdeveloped Systems


1: SOC 207 is recommended for Political Science, Sociology and HHD-related double majors.
2: A minimum of 12 credits should be AFAM courses, and at least 12 of these credits must be at the 400-level or above.
3: If you wish to receive credit for courses other than the ones listed, you must seek permission from the AFAM undergraduate director.