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Liberal Arts

African and African American Studies (AAA S) - ARCHIVE

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Begin Date: Summer Session 2002
End Date: Summer Session 2004

African and African American Studies - ARCHIVE

University Park, College of the Liberal Arts (AAA S)

PROFESSOR KIDANE MENGISTEAB, 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. Two options are available within the major and are described here.

AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES OPTION:
This option 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 knowledge to discern better approaches for solving 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.

Focus Areas: The African American Studies Option has three focus areas, which are described below.

  1. History Perspective: While stressing the interdisciplinary nature of the field, this focus allows students to concentrate on the historical experience of the African Americans, including their political, social, and economic relations with other ethnic groups, as well as the shifting historical contexts in which they have contested and shaped the evolution of American society.
  2. Social Sciences and Community Development: This focus area allows students to concentrate on contemporary political and economic experiences of African Americans as well as on public policy issues that pertain to the economic, political, and social engagement of African Americans in the search for equality in American society.
  3. Cultural and Gender Perspective: This focus area allows students to concentrate on culture and gender in historical and contemporary terms.

AFRICAN STUDIES OPTION:
This option provides students with the opportunity to examine the geographical, cultural, historical, political, and economic aspects of Africa. This option has two focus areas as described below.

  1. Humanities Perspective: This focus area enables students to concentrate on the history and culture of African societies and the evolution of Africa in world history.
  2. Social Science Perspective: This focus area enables students to concentrate on political and economic developments, including state building and ethnic relations, development strategies, and Africa's position in the global system.

For the B.A. degree in African and African American Studies, a minimum of 123 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(0-10 credits of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

INTERCULTURAL AND INTERNATIONAL COMPETENCE:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

ELECTIVES: 9-18 credits

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in front of Bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 36-45 credits[1]
(This includes 0-9 credits of General Education courses in the African American Studies Option; 0-3 credits of GA courses; 0-3 credits of GH courses; 0-3 credits of GS courses and 0-3 credits of General Education courses in the African Studies Option; 0-3 credits of GH courses or 0-3 credits of GS courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 12 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (12 credits)
AAA S 100 GS;GI(3), AAA S 110 GS;GI(3), AAA S/HIST 232 GH(3), SOC 007(3) (Sem: 1-4)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 24-33 credits

AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES OPTION: 24-33 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (9 credits)
AAA S/WMNST 101 GH;GI(3), AAA S/SOC/WMNST 103 GI(3) (Sem: 1-4)
AAA S 401(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (24 credits)
Select 24 credits from one of the following three areas of concentration.
A minimum of 12 credits should be AAA S courses, and at least 12 of these credits must be at the 400 level or above.

  1. History Perspective:
    AAA S/RL ST 146 GH;GI(3), AAA S/RL ST 147 GH;GI(3), AAA S/HIST 152 GH;GI(3), AAA S/HIST 210 GH;GI(3), SOC 119 GS;GI(4) (Sem: 1-4)
    AAA S/SOC 409 GS;GI(3), AAA S 431 GI(3), AAA S/HIST 465 GI(3), ENGL 461 GI(3), ENGL 469 GI(3), PL SC 474(3) (Sem: 5-8)
  2. Social Sciences and Community Development:
    AAA S/WMNST 102 GH;GI(3), AAA S/RL ST 146 GH;GI(3), AAA S/RL ST 147 GH;GI(3), AAA S/HIST 210 GH;GI(3), SOC 119 GS;GI(4) (Sem: 1-4)
    ADM J 451 GI(3), AAA S/SOC 409 GS;GI(3), AAA S 431 GI(3), AAA S/HIST 465 GI(3), ECON 304 GS(3), ECON 436 GI(3), EDTHP 411 DF(3), PL SC 420(3) (Sem: 5-8)
  3. Cultural and Gender Perspective:
    AAA S/WMNST 102 GH;GI(3), AAA S/RL ST 145 GH;GI(3), AAA S 200 DF(3), AAA S/THEA 208 GA;GI(3), AAA S/PSY 245(3), AAA S/PSY 251 GI(3), COMM/WMNST 205 DF(3), ENGL 139 GH;GI(3), ENGL 235 GI(3), MUSIC 007 GA;GI(3), SOC 119 GS;GI(4) (Sem: 1-4)
    AAA S/WMNST 410(3), AAA S/THEA 412 GI(3), AAA S/CAS 422 GI(3), COMM 411(3), EDTHP 411 DF(3), ENGL/WMNST 462 GI(3), ENGL 463 GI(3), ENGL 467 GI(3), ENGL 469 GI(3) (Sem: 5-8)

AFRICAN STUDIES OPTION: 30-33 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (12 credits)
AAA S/HIST 191 GH;GI(3), AAA S/HIST 192 GH;GI(3) (Sem: 1-4)
AAA S 400(3), AAA S/PL SC 454 GI(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (21 credits)
Select 21 credits from one of the following two areas of concentration.
A minimum of 12 credits should be AAA S courses, and at least 12 of these credits must be at the 400 level or above.

  1. Humanities Perspective:
    AAA S 202 GS;DF(3), CMLIT 003 GH;GI(3), SWA 001(4), SWA 002(4) (Sem: 1-4)
    AAA S 404 DF(3), AAA S 431GI(3), AAA S/HIST 465 GI(3), ANTH 447 DF(3), CMLIT 422(3), CMLIT 423(3), EDTHP 404(3), FR 458 GI(3), HIST 479(3), R SOC/WMNST 420 GI(3) (Sem: 5-8)
  2. Social Science Perspective:
    AAA S 202 GS;DF(3), SWA 001(4), SWA 002(4) (Sem: 1-4)
    AAA S 403 DF(3), AAA S 404 DF(3), AAA S 431GI(3), AAA S/HIST 465 GI(3), ECON 304 GS(3), ECON 471(3), GEOG 444(3), PL SC 453(3-6) (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 2002

Blue Sheet Item #: 30-06-099

Review Date: 1/20/04

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