The Department offers a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts), a B.G.S. (Bachelor of General Studies), a minor in African & African-American Studies, and a minor in African & African Diasporic Languages.

Within the AAAS major or minor, students can select coursework that concentrates in one of these areas: African Studies, African-American Studies, Arabic & Islamic Studies, and Haitian Studies. AAAS students can also choose a blended path, by taking courses from the various concentrations within the field. The minor in African & African Diasporic Languages is meant for students pursuing advanced language study in one of the following languages: Arabic, Haitian-Creole, KiSwahili, and Wolof.

African & African-American Studies Major Requirements

Students pursuing the either the BA or BGS degree must complete the following requirements:

Course List

Code Title Hours
Introduction to African & African-American Studies 6  
Choose one course from two areas:  
Arabic & Islamic Studies  
Arabic and Islamic Studies  
African Studies  
Introduction to Africa  
Introduction to African History  
Introduction to African History, Honors
Introduction to West African History  
African-American Studies  
Introduction to African-American Studies  
The Black Experience in the Americas  
The Black Experience in the Americas, Honors
African and African-American Studies Core Knowledge & Skills 6  
Historical Context
(choose one course from the following):
African Traditional Religion and Thought  
Haiti: Culture and Identity  
The Black Experience in the U.S. Since Emancipation  
Islamic Literature  
The History of Islam in Africa  
Contemporary Context
(choose one course from the following):
Contemporary Haiti  
Peoples and Cultures of North Africa and the Middle East  
Modern Africa  
Modern Africa, Honors
Modern Africa, Honors
The Black Experience in the U.S. Since Emancipation  
Ministers and Magicians: Black Religions from Slavery to the Present  

Required Electives

Select five of the following courses not fulfilling a requirement above. One course may be numbered 100-299 for this requirement; the rest must be 300 or higher. Two courses may be Advanced Language courses. See a full list of electives: Here  
African Language Proficiency
(required for BA degree only)
Students pursuing the AAAS BA degree must complete proficiency in an approved African language. Satisfied by one of the following:  
Intermediate Arabic II  
Intermediate Haitian II  
Intermediate KiSwahili II  
Intermediate Somali II  
Intermediate Wolof II  
or other approved African language
Capstone Requirements  
Students must complete both of the following:  
AAAS 496 Field Experience 3
or AAAS 690 Investigation and Conference
AAAS 550 Senior Seminar in: _____ 3

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