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Undergraduate Degree Programs

African American Studies

University Park, College of the Liberal Arts (AA ST)

PROFESSOR CYNTHIA A. YOUNG, Head

This major helps students achieve a critical understanding of the forms of knowledge, culture, and social organization that African-Americans have produced, and of the social conditions that have supported and constrained this work. Using interdisciplinary approaches as well as methods drawn from the traditional disciplines, the major exposes students to the ideas, institutions, movements, and practices that African-American peoples have used to survive and shape the modern world. The African American Studies curriculum promotes the critical faculties, cultural competencies, and historical sensibilities of its students, and thereby equips them for success in graduate school, professional school, and the workplace.

For the B.A. degree in African American Studies, a minimum of 125 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: 23-29 credits

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(3 of these 24 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR, GENERAL EDUCATION, or ELECTIVES and 0-12 credits are included in ELECTIVES if foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination.)
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in this bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 36 credits [1]
(This includes 3-9 credits of General Education courses: 0-6 credits of GS courses; and 3 credits of GH courses)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (9 credits)
AFAM 100 GS;US(3), AFAM 197 GS; IL(3), HIST 152 GH;US;IL(3) (Sem: 1-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (27 credits)
Select 3 credits from AFAM 101 GH;US(3), AFAM 102 GH;US(3), AFAM 103 GH;US(3) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits from AFAM 197 GH;US(3) or SOC 207 (3) (recommended for Political Science, Sociology and HHD-related double majors) (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits from  AFAM 401(3), AFAM 494(3), AFAM 495(3) (Sem: 4-8)

Select 12 credits from one of the following four areas of concentration, and 6 more credits from any of the other areas. A minimum of 12 credits should be AFAM courses, and at least 12 of these credits must be at the 400-level or above.

If you wish to receive credit for courses other than the ones noted below, you must seek permission from the AFAM undergraduate director.

1. Gender and Sexuality
AFAM 101 GH;US(3), AFAM 102 GH;US(3), AFAM 103 GH;US(3); AFR 202 GS;IL(3) (Sem: 1-4)
AFAM 364 GS;US(3), AFAM 410(3), AFAM 416(3) (Sem: 4-8)
Select 3 credits at the 400-level in consultation with your adviser (Sem: 4-8)

2. Humanities
AFAM 147 GH;US(3), AFAM 145 GH;US;IL(3), AFAM 146 GH;US(3), AFAM 208 GA;US;IL(3), AFAM 210 GH;US(3), AFAM 212 US(3), AFAM 235 US(3) (Sem: 1-4)
AFAM 412(3), AFAM 422(3), AFAM 460(3), AFAM 465(3), AFAM 469(3) (Sem: 4-8)

3. Social Sciences and Community Development
SOC 119 GS;US(3), PLSC 123 GS;US;IL(3) (Sem: 1-4)
AFAM 302 US(3), AFAM 409(3), AFAM 431(3), AFAM 432(3), AFAM 445(3), AFR 459(3), ECON 436W US(3), EDTHP 411(3), PLSC 490(3) ( Sem: 4-8)

4. Migration and Diaspora
AFAM 102 GH;US(3), AFAM 132 IL(3), AFAM 211 GH;US;IL(3), AFAM 250 GH;IL(3), AFR 110 GS;IL(3), AFR 192 GH;IL(3) (Sem: 1-4)
AFAM 431(3), AFAM 432(3), AFR 440(3), AFR 497(3), PLSC 453(3) (Sem 4-8)

[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: Spring Semester 2012

Blue Sheet Item #: 40-05-039

Review Date: 02/21/2012

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