African-American Studies, BA

African American Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study devoted to the critical and systematic examination of the cultural, political, social, economic, and historical experiences of Africans, African Americans throughout the hemisphere, and peoples of African descent around the world. Because African American Studies relates to numerous other fields, the number of required courses for the major is relatively small to allow maximum flexibility. Our students often pursue a double major, a combined degree, or a minor in another subject. By combining study in African American Studies with experiential learning through co-op, study abroad and/or Dialogues of Civilizations programs you can get practical experience that will give you greater flexibility upon graduation. Moreover, the reading, writing and analytical skills you will develop will prove useful and valuable in any profession.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

BA Language Requirements

All BA students are required to complete the BA language requirements.

African-American Studies Major Requirements

Introductory Courses
AFAM 1101Introduction to African-American Studies4
AFAM 1109Foundations of Black Culture 14
AFRS 1185Gender in the African Diaspora4
Literature
AFAM 4663Early African-American Literature4
Research and Seminar
AFRS 3310Applied Research in the African Diaspora4
AFAM 4700Advanced Seminar4
Electives
Complete six African-American studies courses at the intermediate and advanced level from the following:24
AFAM 2000 to AFAM 5999
AFRS 2000 to AFRS 5999

African-American Studies Major Credit Requirement

Complete 48 semester hours in the major.

Upper-Division Electives

Complete three general electives numbered 3000 or above that do not double-count with the major or NUpath.

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
AFAM 11014AFRS 11854Vacation0Vacation0
AFAM 11094AFAM 46634  
MATH 12154AFRS 33104  
ENGW 11114Elective4  
 16 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
AFAM intermediate/advanced undergraduate elective4AFAM intermediate/advanced undergraduate elective4Vacation0Co-op0
Foreign language course4Foreign language course4  
AFAM intermediate/advanced undergraduate elective4AFAM intermediate/advanced undergraduate elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
 EESH 20001  
 16 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0AFAM 47004Elective4Co-op0
 ENGW 33154Upper-division elective4 
 AFAM intermediate/advanced undergraduate elective4  
 Foreign language course4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0Elective4Elective4Co-op0
 Elective4Elective4 
 AFAM intermediate/advanced undergraduate elective4  
 Upper-division elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-op0Elective4  
 Elective4  
 Upper-division elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16  
Total Hours: 129

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Spring/Summer 1

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
AFAM 11014AFRS 11854Vacation0Vacation0
AFAM 11094AFAM 46634  
MATH 12154AFRS 33104  
ENGW 11114Elective4  
 16 16 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
AFAM intermediate/advanced undergraduate elective4Co-op0Co-op0Elective4
Foreign language course4  Elective4
AFAM intermediate/advanced undergraduate elective4   
Elective4   
EESH 20001   
 17 0 0 8
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
AFAM intermediate/advanced undergraduate elective4Co-op0Co-op0Elective4
Foreign language course4  Elective4
AFAM intermediate/advanced undergraduate elective4   
Upper-division elective4   
 16 0 0 8
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
AFAM 47004Co-op0Co-op0Vacation0
ENGW 33154   
AFAM intermediate/advanced undergraduate elective4   
Foreign language course4   
 16 0 0 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Elective4Elective4  
Elective4Elective4  
AFAM intermediate/advanced undergraduate elective4Upper-division elective4  
Upper-division elective4Elective4  
 16 16  
Total Hours: 129