African-African American Studies

Required Courses for the Freshman Year

First or Second Semester
  • AAS 100 Introduction to Afro-American Studies
  • AAS 104 Institutional Racism
  • AAS 113 Introduction to Afro-American History
  • AAS 235 Introduction to Afro-American Literature


Required Courses for the Sophomore Year

First Semester Second Semester
  • AAS 100 Intro to Afro-American Studies or
  • AAS 113 Intro to Afro- American History or
  • AAS 114 African American History II: 1865- present
  • AAS 235 Intro to Afro-Amer. Literature
  • AAS 204 African Politics and Society or
  • AAS 235 (if not taken first semester) or
  • AAS 104 (if not taken first semester) or
  • AAS 215 Caribbean History


Prerequisite Courses

This does not apply to AAS. However, majors are strongly advised to take courses in the core curriculum before registering for electives.


Co-requisite Courses

This does not apply to the AAS major.


Junior and Senior Year

24 credits of electives may be from 300 and 400 level courses on the schedule. Juniors and seniors may be permitted to sign up for 499 level courses.

Students should have a major advisor in the Department who could help in the selection of areas of concentration within the major so that elective courses could cohere around one or more disciplines within the AAS department.


Auxiliary Courses

Any liberal arts or professional course that will reinforce the AAS major would be recommended. These might include, for instance, courses in economic development, counselor education, and statistics.


Further Recommendations

Students must see the departmental advisor by the end of the sophomore year since the selection of the appropriate electives to satisfy a specific concentration is important.


What is African & African-American Studies?

It is the study of the life and lived experiences of African and people of African descent in the western world and in the global village in general. It seeks to affirm the scholarly importance of studies relating to the African, African-American and Caribbean presence in the world and to promote the kind of analysis that emphasizes the African and African-American perspective. The major teaches and sensitizes students to many of the realities of the lives of persons of African descent. Career options are as varied as each student. Interests, abilities, values, and experiences will vary greatly but many include pursuit of a graduate degree or seeking employment in the public or private sector. Some career options may require advanced study.