Departments & Programs
African American & African Diaspora Studies
Major in African American and African Diaspora Studies
PurposeThe major prepares students for a variety of professional careers or for graduate study. Students planning to enter the workforce immediately after graduation may wish to select a double major. AAADS graduates enjoy careers in medicine, theatre and drama, music composition, and information science.
Students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of undergraduate course work selected from the department’s three concentration areas: (1) arts, (2) literature, and (3) history, culture, and social issues. Not more than 6 credit hours at the 100 level and not more than 9 credit hours at the 200 level can be counted toward the major. At the time of admission to the department, each student and the undergraduate advisor together plan an individualized program of study, including the selection of a major concentration area.
Majors must complete the following:
- A355 or A356 (history).
- A379 or A380 (literature).
- 12 credit hours in one African American and African Diaspora Studies concentration area (A355 or A356 and A379 or A380 may be included).
- 6 credit hours in each of the other two concentration areas (A355 or A356 and A379 or A380 may be included).
- A493 Senior Seminar in African American Studies.
Students must also complete the degree requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.
During the freshman and sophomore years, students should take African American and African Diaspora Studies A131, A132, or A150, which carry Breadth of Inquiry credit for Arts and Humanities. A131 and A132 do not count toward the major or minor in African American and African Diaspora Studies.
Students who plan to have a double major should make this decision as early as possible so that course selections in African American and African Diaspora Studies and the second major can be closely coordinated.
Majors in journalism, telecommunications, business, public and environmental affairs, pre-law, social work, education, and many other disciplines have found African American and African Diaspora Studies courses to be useful, interesting, and important to their chosen fields.