General Requirements

Major in African American Studies

Effective Fall 2016, the Department of African American Studies will offer a major in African American Studies. Students must complete ten (10) courses, totaling a minimum of thirty (30) credit hours, and must choose a concentration: Literature, Language, Arts, and Culture (LLAC) or History, Behavioral Science, and Social Inquiry (HBSSI). Courses that deeply and substantively examine African American culture, history and experience in the United States, study African culture, history, people, and politics as pretext and context to African American experience, and explore the Black Atlantic diaspora satisfy the major's requirements. Students are encouraged to select at least nine credit hours of course work specifically related to African American experience in the United States.

Required courses for Majors:

      AFAM 101                         Introduction to African American Studies
      AFAM 456                        Methodologies and Theoretical Issues in African American Studies
                                                    Prerequisites: AFAM 101; MATH 035, 004, 007, or 040, or AP-STATS
                                                    Credit, or AP-CALC Fall only; Junior or Senior

  • 5 courses within area of concentration (at least one must be above 200-level and one must be above 300-level)
  • 2 courses in non-concentration area (one course must be above the 200 level)
  • 1 elective above the 200 level

Overlay requirements that can be satisfied by any of the above: 

  • 1 pre-twentieth century course
  • 1 non-US course

Major course tracking sheet

MinoR IN AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES

Effective Fall 2016, the Department of African American Studies will implement the new requirements for the minor in African American Studies.  Students must successfully complete six (6) courses, totaling a minimum of eighteen (18) credit hours. Courses that deeply and substantively examine African American culture, history and experience in the United States, study African culture, history, people, and politics as pretext and context to African American experience, and explore the Black Atlantic diaspora satisfy the major's requirements. Students are encouraged to select at least nine hours of course work specifically related to African American experience in the United States.

New required courses for Minors

      AFAM 101                         Introduction to African American Studies
      AFAM 456*                      Methodologies and Theoretical Issues in African American Studies
                                                    Prerequisites: AFAM 101

  • 4 additional courses, with at least two above 200 level

*Under exceptional circumstances, the Department may approve a different course to satisfy this requirement.  All students graduating by Spring 2017 are exempt from this requirement.

Minor course tracking sheet

For questions regarding the major or minor, or to declare a major or minor, please contact the Department Chair.  

Concentration: Language, Literature, Arts, and Culture (LLAC)

AFAM-201

Representations of Love and Marriage in African American Culture, 1970–Present 

AFAM-206

Race and Racism in American Culture (1 and 2)

AFAM-215  

Black Feminism 

ANTH-180

Urban Legends, Moral Panics 

ANTH-215

Anthropology and Youth Culture 

ANTH-240

African Cultural Modernities 

ANTH-283

The African Diaspora 

ANTH-305

Class, Culture, Race 

ANTH-318

African Feminism Re-Imagined 

ANTH-328

Culture and Globalization 

ENGL-153

19th Century American Literature 

ENGL-173 Reading Race in American Literature

ENGL-175

American Literature, 1900-Present 

ENGL-180

Eras in Twentieth Century American Literature and Culture 

ENGL-194

South African Literature 

ENGL-195

African Novel 

ENGL-201 

African American Lit I, Beginnings to 1903 (1) (pre-20th)

ENGL-202 

African American Lit II, 1903-Present 

ENGL-203

Black Women Writers 

ENGL-204

Contemporary African American Literature 

ENGL-205

African American Poetry 

ENGL-214 Literatures of the American West
ENGL-225 Black Women Writers

ENGL-262

Question of Equality 

ENGL-391  

Reading Invisible Man

ENGL-392

Reading Toni Morrison 

ENGL-404

Reading Ralph Ellison

FREN-268 

Black Playwrights 

FREN-332 

French Speaking Africa 

FREN-338

North African Literature

FREN-439 

Tradition and Modernity in Francophone Africa 

FREN-440

Memory and Orality in the Literature of Francophone Africa 

FREN-454

African Self-Perceptions 

HIST-187  

African American Food Culture 

HIST-280

Sex, Love, and Race in American Culture

HIST-314

African Biography 

HIST-388

Jazz and Civil Rights in American Society 

LING-285

African American English 

MUSC-116

Jazz History 

MUSC-268 

Music and Dance in the US 

MUSC-323

The Blues 

PHIL-175

Philosophy of Race 

SOCI-124

Sociology of Hip Hop 

SOCI-126

Sociology and Culture: Beyonce or Kendrick Lamar

SOCI-133 Race, Society and Cinema
SOCI-139 Race, Color and Culture

SOCI-148

Barack Obama and Race 

SOCI-209

The City, Urban Studies 

SOCI-222

Gentrification, Justice, Cities 

THEO-041

Struggle and Transcendence 

THEO-370

Philosophies of Liberation 

TPST-212

Performing Black Citizenship 

TPST-230

American Drama 

WGST-233

Cultural Politics of HIV/US 

WGST-266

Women in American Politics 

Concentration: History, Behavioral Science, and Social Inquiry (HBSSI)

AFAM-140

Blacks and Jews in America           

AFAM-206

Race and Racism in American Culture  

AFAM-210

Black Power and Theology of Liberation      

AFAM-225

Race, Policy, and Administration 

ANTH-180

Urban Legends, Moral Panics 

ANTH-252

Global Race in Motion 

ANTH-283

The African Diaspora 

ANTH-392 African Feminism Re-Imagined

ANTH-456 

African Culture and US Foreign Policy 

EDIJ-220 Education, Equity, and Advocacy 

ENST-294

Environment in Africa 

FREN-331 French Speaking Africa: History, Socity, and Politics

GOVT-240 

Politics of Inequality 

GOVT-245 

Race, Ethnicity, and Nation 

GOVT-446 Department Seminar: Politics of North Africa

HIST-007

Intro to Early History—Atlantic World 

HIST-106

The Atlantic 

HIST-111

History of Africa I  

HIST-112 

History of Africa II 

HIST-180

Studies in US History until 1865 

HIST-181

US since the Civil War 

HIST-197

African Americans 1900-Present 

HIST-199

History of the Civil Rights Movement 

HIST-267

Modern North Africa 

HIST-285

History of African American Women 

HIST-286

Slavery in North America 

HIST-288

African American History 

HIST-289

Women in the Civil Rights Movement 

HIST-293

Black Politics and Culture

HIST-297

Freedom Struggles: African Diaspora

HIST-299

The United States in the 1960s 

HIST-304

Sugar, Slave, Alcohol 

HIST-315

Environmental History of Africa 

HIST-388

Jazz and Civil Rights in American Society 

HIST-399

Antebellum and Civil War

HIST-414

Resistance Movements in Colonial Africa

HIST-494

African American Great Migration 

HIST-497

African American Life in Washington, DC 

INAF-294

Environment in Africa 

INAF-357

African Politics/Government 

INAF-404

African Americans and Africa 

JCIV-015

Blacks and Jews in America

JUPS-260

Violence, Gender, and Human Rights 

JUPS-408

African Perspectives: Peace, Conflict, Justice 

PHIL-123

Ethics: Race and Morality 

SOCI-142 Black Death: Slavery to Michael Brown

SOCI-144

Race & Ethnic Relations 

SOCI-146

Martin Luther King and American Society

SOCI-147

New Perspectives on Black Ghetto Poor 

SOCI-152

African & African-American Demography 

SOCI-163

Education and Society 

SOCI-193

Sociology of Criminal Justice 

SOCI-209

The City, Urban Studies 

SOCI-221

DC Neighborhoods, Poverty, and Inequality 

SOCI-222

Gentrification, Justice, Cities 

THEO-012

Blacks and Jews in America

THEO-041

Struggle and Transcendence 

THEO-122

The Church and the Poor 

THEO 370

Philosophies of Liberation 

WGST-266

Women in American Politics 

Non-United States Focused Courses

ANTH-240 

African Cultural Modernities 

ANTH-283

The African Diaspora 

ANTH-318

African Feminism Re-Imagined 

ANTH-356

The New Black Atlantic 

ANTH-456

African Culture and US Foreign Policy 

ENGL-194

South African Literature 

ENGL-195

African Novel 

FREN-332

French Speaking Africa 

FREN-338

North African Literature

FREN-375

African Play Production 

FREN-439

Tradition and Modernity in Francophone Africa 

FREN-440 

Memory and Orality in the Literature of Francophone Africa                                          

FREN-454

African Self-Perceptions 

HIST-111

History of Africa I  

HIST-112

History of Africa II 

HIST-267

Modern North Africa

HIST-314

African Biography 

HIST-315

Environmental History of Africa 

HIST-414

Resistance Movements in Colonial Africa 

INAF-294

Environment in Africa

INAF-357

African Politics/Government 

INAF-404

African Americans and Africa 

JUPS-408

African Perspectives: Peace, Conflict, Justice 

Pre-20th Century Focused Courses

ENGL-201

African American Literature I, Beginnings to 1903                                                  

HIST-007

Intro to Early History—Atlantic World 

HIST-106

The Atlantic 

HIST-111

History of Africa I  

HIST-180

Studies in US History until 1865 

HIST-286

Slavery in North America 

HIST-304

Sugar, Slave, Alcohol 

HIST-315

Environmental History of Africa 

HIST-382

Liberty and Anti-Slavery