Begin Date: Spring Semester1994
End Date: Spring Semester 1999
PROFESSOR DEBORAH F. ATWATER, 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: 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 the solution of social, political, and economic problems. The curriculum also promotes greater understanding of the relationship between African Americans and other ethnic groups.
AFRICAN STUDIES OPTION: Provides students with the opportunity to examine the geographical, cultural, historical, political, and economic aspects of Africa. This option allows students to focus exclusively on the political and economic developments in various countries and regions. Emphasis is placed on examining development strategies, i.e., the South Africa Development Coordinating Conference and understanding Africa's position in the global system.
For the B.A. degree in African and African American Studies, a minimum of 124 credits is required.
Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem:1-2)
GENERAL EDUCATION: 46 credits
(9-12 of these 46 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin)
ELECTIVES: 14-17 credits
BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in front of Bulletin.)
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 48-49 credits
(This includes 9-12 credits of General Education courses; 0-3 credits of GA courses; 3 credits of GH courses; 6 credits of GS courses.)
COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 27 credits
PRESCRIBED COURSES (18 credits)
ENGL 139 GH;DF (3), AAA S 145 GH;DF(3) (Sem: 1-4)
AAA S 100 GS;DF(3), HIST 152 GH(3), 191 GH;DF(3) (Sem: 1-6)
CMLIT 003 GH;DF(3) (Sem: 3-8)
ADDITIONAL COURSES (9 credits)
Select 9 credits from: AAA S 146 GH;DF(3), MUSIC 007 GA;DF(3) (Sem: 1-8)
ANTH 045 GS;DF, COMM 205 DF(3), L I R 136 DF(3) (Sem: 3-8)
ECON 436 DF(3), SOC 409 GS;DF(3) (Sem: 5-8)
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 21-22 credits
AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES OPTION: 22 credits
PRESCRIBED COURSES (16 credits)
AAA S 101 GH;DF(3) (Sem: 1-6)
SOC 119 GS;DF(4) (Sem: 3-6)
ADM J 451(3), AAA S 401(3), ENGL 431 DF(3) (Sem: 5-8)
SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6 credits)
Select 6 credits from program-approved list (Sem: 3-8)
AFRICAN STUDIES OPTION: 21 credits
PRESCRIBED COURSES (15 credits)
AAA S 110 GS(3), 197(3) (Sem: 3-8)
ANTH 447 DF(3), AAA S 400(3), CMLIT 422(3) (Sem: 5-8)
ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
Select 6 credits from: AAA S 102 GH;DF(3) (Sem: 3-8)
AAA S 403(3), CMLIT 423(3), EDTHP 404(3), FR 458 DF(3), HIST479(3 (Sem: 5-8)
 A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
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The University reserves the right to change the requirements and regulations listed here and to determine whether a student has satisfactorily met its requirements for admission or graduation, and to reject any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications to pursue higher education. Nothing in this material should be considered a guarantee that completion of a program and graduation from the University will result in employment.
Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 1994
Blue Sheet Item #: 21-05-020
Review Date: 6/2/99 (General Education Update)