African American Studies, BALAS

for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences Major in African American Studies


Minimum required major and supporting course work equates to 48 hours.

General Education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.

Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level African American Studies courses must be taken on this campus.

A Major Plan of Study Form must be completed and submitted to the LAS Student Academic Affairs Office before the end of the fifth semester (60-75 hours). Please see your adviser.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours

Departmental distinction:
To graduate with distinction, students must complete the following:  

  1. 3.3 overall G.P.A
  2. 3.6 program G.P.A
  3. Complete AFRO 495 Senior Thesis Seminar with a grade of 3.3 or better
I. Core course requirements
AFRO 100Intro to African American St3
AFRO 220Intro to Research Methods AfAm3
AFRO 490Theory in African American St3
AFRO 495Senior Thesis Seminar3
II. Theory and Methods Requirement
At least one theory and one methods course beyond the core. The courses must be selected from a list maintained in the Department's advising office.6
III. Thematic Areas
Students must take at least one course each from the following five areas. At least 6 of the remaining hours must be taken from only one of any of the five areas. A list of courses is maintained in the Department's advising office.21
A. Comparative Race, Racialized Communities and Identities
B. Cultural Production and Cultural Movements
C. Political Economy, Public Policy and Contemporary Issues
D. Global Interconnections: Black Transnationalism and the African Diaspora
E. Black Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
IV. Cognate or Supporting Coursework
Students must complete 9 hours of supporting coursework. Supporting coursework courses consists of a set of courses which are logically grouped, and which reflect or support a student's interests outside of the African American Studies major. Supporting coursework courses must be approved by the Department's undergraduate advisor. 9
Total Hours48