The major in African American Studies requires twelve terms of course work including a year-long history sequence (African American Studies 160a, 162b), one course in the humanities relevant to African American Studies (e.g., African American Studies 167, 172, 191, 245, 277, 295, 304, 327, 369, 389, 403 0r 434), one course in the social sciences relevant to African American Studies (e.g., African American Studies 250, 282, 317, or 414), the junior seminar (African American Studies 410a), the senior colloquium (African American Studies 480a), and the senior essay (African American Studies 491a or b). These courses examine ideas and problems that may originate in many fields but that have a common concern - the black experience.
The distribution of requirements is intended to provide students with a broad interdisciplinary learning experience. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the history sequence by the end of their sophomore year.
Number of Courses
Twelve term courses (including junior and senior requirements)
Required Courses of the Major
African American Studies History sequence: (AfAmSt 160a) The Rise and Fall of Atlantic Slavery; and (AfAmST) 162b African American History from Emancipation to the Present
Junior requirement: (AfAmSt 410a) Interdisciplinary Approaches to African American Studies
Senior requirement: (AfAmSt 480a) Senior Colloquium and (AfAmSt 491a or b) The Senior Essay.
Distribution of Courses
At least five courses in area of concentration; one relevant humanities course and one relevant social science course, both approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Relevant course with permission of Director of Undergraduate Studies.