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African American Studies, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with a concentration in social and behavioral perspectives

Special requirements

Majors in African American studies must meet the general education requirements of the College of Humanities and Sciences. The Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies requires the completion of 120 credits with at least 30 credits in African American Studies courses. At least 15 of the 30 credits in African American Studies must be in upper-level courses.

Students also are required to establish an area of study by taking a minimum of four courses in the social and behavioral perspectives concentration. At least one of the four courses must be an upper-level course.

The Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies is an interdisciplinary degree that provides students with knowledge of human cultures and intellectual and practical skills to engage complexity, diversity and change. The degree program fosters students? personal and social responsibility and, through applied learning experiences, empowers students to negotiate and to solve the complex problems of the 21st century. African American studies majors often pursue graduate and professional degree programs in business, education, history, international relations, law, political science, psychology, public health and social work. Career opportunities with a B.A. only in African American Studies include employment in community health agencies, public and private schools and nonprofit organizations.

Degree requirements for African American Studies, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with a concentration in social and behavioral perspectives

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

  • Define Black experiences across the African Diaspora.
    We aim for each of our majors to demonstrate knowledge of the major concepts, perspectives and theories in Africana studies. This knowledge includes an understanding of the intellectual origins and extant and emergent interdisciplinary scholarship that provide context, definition and form to the collective experiences of persons of African descent.
  • Document and measure Black experiences across the African Diaspora.
    We aim for each of our majors to demonstrate analytical skills that enable them to compare and contrast the utility of qualitative and quantitative approaches in Africana studies and critical-thinking skills that allow them to assess the cultural, political and social implications of such approaches when measuring the experiences of people across Africa and its Diaspora.
  • To interpret Black experiences across the African Diaspora.
    We aim for each of our majors to demonstrate an awareness of the interpretive frameworks that give meaning to Black experiences across the Diaspora. This awareness includes recognition of the intersectionality of artistic, cultural and historical perspectives; gendered, political and religious perspectives; and social and behavioral perspectives.
  • To affirm and validate Black experiences across the African Diaspora.
    We aim for each of our student majors to demonstrate the ability to critically engage and to propose integrity-based solutions to novel problems that impact persons of African descent and their communities.
General Education requirements (32-46 credits) Credits
University Core Education Curriculum (minimum 21 credits)
UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I 3
UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II 3
UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Approved humanities/fine arts 3
Approved natural/physical sciences 3-4
Approved quantitative literacy 3-4
Approved social/behavioral sciences 3-4
   
Additional College of Humanities and Sciences requirements (11-23 credits)  
HUMS 202 Choices in a Consumer Society 1
Approved H&S diverse and global communities 3
Approved H&S general education electives 6-8
Approved H&S human, social and political behavior (fulfills University Core social/behavioral sciences)  
Approved H&S literature and civilization (fulfills University Core humanities/fine arts)  
Approved H&S science and technology (fulfills University Core natural/physical sciences)  
Experiential fine arts (course offered by the School of the Arts) 1-3
Foreign language through the 102 level (by course or placement) 0-8
   
Major requirements (30 credits)  
AFAM 111 Introduction to Africana Studies 3
AFAM 211 Africana Social and Political Thought 3
AFAM 311 African Diaspora Experiences 3
AFAM 399 Interdisciplinary Research Methods 3
AFAM 411 Applied Concepts in Africana Studies 3
AFAM 499 Capstone Seminar in Africana Studies 9
Social and behavioral perspectives requirement (Complete a minimum of 12 credits from the approved electives below. At least one course must be 300-level or higher.) 12
   
Open electives (38-52 credits)  
Open electives 32-58
   
Total minimum requirement 120

Social and behavioral perspectives electives*
AFAM/SOCY/GSWS 206 African American Family Relationships
AFAM/GSWS/SOCY 305 African American Family in Social Context
AFAM/ANTH/INTL/GSWS 309 Global Women?s Health
AFAM 310 African American Health: Health Disparities
AFAM/PSYC 322 Personality and Behavior of the African American
AFAM/PSYC 346 Mental Health Across the African Diaspora
AFAM 347 African American Children and Families
AFAM 391 Special Topics in African American Studies (courses with a social or behavioral focus)
AFAM/SOCY 401 African-American and the U.S. Health Care System
AFAM 491 Special Topics in African American Studies (courses with a social or behavioral focus)

* Some crosslisted courses may count toward multiple concentration requirements.

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