Undergraduate Major

African American and African Studies Major

Students electing the major may choose to specialize in one of the following four areas of concentration:

  1. Representation & Performance
  2. Social Issues, Community Development, & Public Service
  3. Histories, Cultures, Languages, & Literatures
  4. Race, Ethnicity, Gender, & Sexuality

The African American and African Studies (AAAS) major will require 36 semester hours: 9 hours in core requirements (2201, 3310, and 3440 or 4921), a 3-hour capstone/senior research seminar (4998), 18 hours in a cognate area, and a six-hour breadth requirement. AAAS offers four transnational and interdisciplinary cognate areas - 1) Representation & Performance; 2) Social Issues, Community Development, & Public Service; 3) Histories, Cultures, Languages, & Literatures; and, 4) Race, Ethnicity, Gender, & Sexuality. Students are required to take a minimum of 12 hours at the 4000-level or above in the cognate area of concentration. Students will select 6 hours from among the cognate areas other than that of their concentration to fulfill the breadth requirement, 3 hours of which must be at 4000-level or above.

The nature of the cognate areas and the breadth requirement insures that our majors will be knowledgeable about the full interpretive, conceptual, and geographic scope of AAAS. In addition, the capstone/senior research seminar and our distribution requirement--which force our majors to take a total of 18 hours in courses at the 4000-level and above--will insure a rigorous program of study allowing our graduates to compete on an equal or superior footing with graduates from sister units and other institutions for graduate or professional school admissions and for jobs.


For more information or to schedule an appointment please contact Lorraine Levels, our AAAS Major and Minor advisor.