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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Liberal Arts

PROGRAM CURRENTLY ON HOLD;
NOT ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTS
Begin Date of Enrollment Hold: February 17, 2012

African and African American Studies

University Park, College of the Liberal Arts (AASBS)

Not all options are available at every campus. Contact the campus you are interested in attending to determine which options are offered.

PROFESSOR IKUBOLAJEH LOGAN, Interim Head

This interdisciplinary major is designed to give students an integrated and critical understanding of the experiences and contributions of peoples of African descent. Students are encouraged to do research and evaluate the relationship between the political, social, and economic developments in Africa and the African Diaspora. An African American Studies Option, African Studies Option, and a Law and Social Justice Option are available within the major. The methodology requirements of the proposed program would enable our students to engage in social science research. It would also prepare them better for graduate programs in the social sciences.

AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES OPTION: This emphasis provides students with the opportunity to explore the experiences of African Americans using theories and methods originating in the field along with those adopted from the various disciplines. Students are also made aware of the potential to apply this knowledge to the solution of social, political, and economic problems. The curriculum also promotes greater understanding of the relationship between African American and other ethnic groups in the shaping of American society and culture.

AFRICAN STUDIES OPTION: This option provides students with the opportunity to examine the geographical, cultural, historical, political, and economic aspects of Africa.

LAW AND SOCIAL JUSTICE OPTION: This multi-disciplinary program would provide students with the opportunity to study the politics, culture, economics, and history of African Americans in our society and link this understanding with an in depth study of criminal justice and the legal system. Issues that students will focus on will be areas such as, Are African Americans discriminated against in criminal justice decision-making? What is the historic connection between race and punishment in the US legal system? How do issues of class, race, and gender impact policy decisions about crime and punishment? What is the socioeconomic impact of high incarceration rates on the African American community? The program is designed to encourage students to think systematically about the relationship among public policy, the criminal justice system, and shifting notions of social justice that have characterized debates over the workings and goals of the prison system in American life and thought. The proposed program would enable us to foster a cadre of students who will be particularly suited to pursue graduate work in the area.

For the B.S. degree in African and African American Studies, a minimum of 120 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: 20 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 64-65 credits[1]
(This includes 4-10 credits of General Education courses: 4 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GS courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 16-17 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (13 credits)
 AAA S 110 GS;IL(3), AF AM 100 GS;US(3), SOC 207(3), STAT 200(4) (Sem: 1-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3-4 credits)
SOC 470(4) or PL SC 309(3) (Sem: 5-8)

AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES OPTION: (48 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (9 credits)
AF AM 101 GH;US;IL(3), AAA S/HIST 211 GH;IL(3) (Sem: 1-4)
AAA S 401(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (39 credits)
Select 21 credits with at least 3 credits in AAA S courses
AAA S 083S GH;US;IL(3), AAA S/WMNST 102 GH;IL(3), AAA S/SOC/WMNST 103 US(3), AAA S/RL ST 146 GH;US(3), AAA S/RL ST 147 GH;US(3), AFR 197(3), AFR 199 IL(3), AF AM/HIST 210 GH;US(3), SOC 119 GS;US(3-4), ECON 102 GS(3), ECON 104 GS(3), ECON 304 GS(3) (Sem: 1-8)
Select 18 credits at the 400-level with at least 9 credits in AAA S courses
AAA S/SOC 409 US(3), AAA S 494(3), AAA S 495(3), AAA S 497(3), AAA S 499 IL(3), AAA S/HIST 431 US;IL(3), AFR 440 US;IL(3), AAA S/HIST 465 US(3), AAA S/LER/PL SC 445W(3), CRIMJ 451(3), ECON 436W US(3), EDTHP 411(3), PL SC 490(3) (Sem: 1-8)

AFRICAN STUDIES OPTION: (48 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (9 credits)
AAA S/HIST 191 GH;IL(3), AAA S/HIST 192 GH;IL(3) (Sem: 1-4)
AAA S 400(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (39 credits)
Select 21 credits with at least 3 credits of AAA S courses
AAA S 083S GH;US;IL(3), AAA S 197(3), AAA S 199 IL(3), AAA S/HIST 211 GH;US;IL(3), AFR 297(3), AFR 299 IL(3), AFR 395(3), AAA S 397(3), AFR 399 IL(3), AAA S/WMNST 202 GS;IL(3), ECON 102 GS(3), ECON 104 GS(3), ECON 304 GS(3), SWA 001(4), SWA 002(4) (Sem: 1-8)
Select 18 credits at the 400-level with at least 9 credits in AAA S courses
AFR 403(3), AAA S/HIST 431 US;IL(3), AFR 440 US;IL(3), AFR 443 IL(3), AAA S/PL SC 454 IL(3), AAA S/HIST 465 US(3), AAA S/L I R/PL SC 445W(3), AAA S 494(3), AFR 495(3), AFR 497(3), AFR 499 IL(3), ECON 471(3), GEOG 444(3), PL SC 453 IL(3) (Sem: 1-8)
Only 3 credits of AAA S 495 (internship) and 6 credits of AAA S 497, AAA S 495, AAA S 494, or AAA S 499 in any combination may be used to satisfy this requirement.

LAW AND SOCIAL JUSTICE OPTION: (48 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES: (18 credits)
AAA S 210 GH;US(3), AF AM 401(3), CRIMJ/CRIM/SOC 012 GS(3), CRIMJ/CRIM 100(3), CRIMJ/CRIM 113(3), CRIMJ/CRIM 451 US(3) (Sem: 1-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES: (30 credits)
Select 30 credits from: AAA S/HIST 431 US;IL(3), AAA S/SOC 409 US(3),  AAA S/L I R/PL SC 445W(3), AAA S/HIST 465 US(3), AFR 440 US;IL(3), ECON 436W US(3), CRIMJ/WMNST 453 US(3), CRIM 490(3), CRIM 441(3), CRIM/SOC 467(3), CRIM 430(3), CRIM 433(3), CRIM 435(3) (Sem: 5-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2005

Blue Sheet Item #: 33-01-131

Review Date: 8/31/04

UCA Revision #2: 7/26/07

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Last department head update by Publications: 5/24/10