Interdisciplinary Studies Department

Programs / African and African Diaspora Studies: B.A. in African and African Diaspora Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in African and African Diaspora Studies

The Bachelor of Arts degree in African and African Diaspora Studies offers students an interdisciplinary educational experience that fosters an understanding of the global experiences of African and African-descended peoples in Asia, Europe, and Oceania. In particular, students will gain an appreciation for the diverse character of humanity, explore the complex historical and cultural relations between Africans on the continent and African-descended peoples in the Diaspora, and engage in a comparative study of issues affecting Africans in the continent and the Diasporas.

Students in the major will complete 27 hours of common requirements, including two introductory courses, research methods, foreign language, Senior Seminar, and study abroad, internship, or directed applied research. In addition, students take a minimum of two courses in each of the three concentrations: Arts and Literature; History; and Social Sciences.

Program Requirements

General Education - 42 Credit Hours

See listing of requirements.

Lower Division Major Requirements (AREA F) - 18 Credit Hours

Must pass with grade of "C" or better.

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • AADS 1101
    Introduction to African Diaspora Studies
    3
  • AADS 1102
    Issues in African and African Diaspora Studies
    3
  • AADS 2260
    Research Methodologies
    3
  • Six hours of 2000-level foreign language: an African language preferred, or choose from French, Arabic, Portuguese, or Spanish (6 Credit Hours)
  • Elective - Any 1000-2000 level course(s), AADS-related courses suggested (3 Credit Hours)

Upper Division Major Requirements - 36 Credit Hours

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • HIST 3334
    The Africans in the Diaspora
    3
  • AADS 4499
    Senior Seminar
    3

Three hours from the following:

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • AADS 3380
    Study Abroad
    3
  • AADS 3398
    Internship
    3
  • AADS 4100
    Directed Applied Research
    3

A maximum of 6 credit hours from study abroad, internship, and/or directed study courses may be used to satisfy Upper-Division Major Requirements.

Concentrations - 18 Credit Hours:

There are three Concentrations: Arts and Literature, History, and Social Sciences. With the assistance of their advisors, students are to take two courses (6 hours) in each concentration for a total of 18 hours.

Art and Literature

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • ARH 3100
    African Art and Architecture
    3
  • ARH 4150
    African-American Art
    3
  • MUSI 3319
    History of Jazz
    3
  • MUSI 3411
    Survey of African-American Music
    3
  • ENGL 3360
    Major African American Writers
    3
  • ENGL 3400
    Survey of African Literatures
    3
  • ENGL 3500
    Topics in African American Literature
    3
  • ENGL 4401
    Topics in African Literatures
    3
  • FREN 4434
    Topics in Language, Literature, and Culture
    3

History

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • HIST 3333
    African American History to 1865
    3
  • HIST 3335
    African American History, 1865 to Present
    3
  • HIST 3357
    Africans in Asia
    3
  • HIST 3358
    Africans in Latin America and the Caribbean
    3
  • HIST 3382
    North Africa and the Middle East in Modern Times
    3
  • HIST 3390
    History of the Atlantic World
    3
  • HIST 3391
    History of West Africa
    3
  • HIST 3392
    History of Southern, Eastern and Central Africa
    3
  • HIST 3393
    Emerging Themes in African History
    3

Social Sciences

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • AADS 3500
    The Black Woman
    3
  • ANTH 3310
    Cultural Diversity in the U.S.
    3
  • ANTH 3360
    Anthropology and Africa
    3
  • ANTH 3365
    Afro-Brazilian Culture and Politics
    3
  • GEOG 3350
    Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa
    3
  • GWST 3020
    Black Feminisms
    3
  • POLS 4454
    Politics of the Middle East
    3
  • PSYC 3355
    Cross-Cultural Psychology
    3
  • PSYC 3385
    Ethnic Minority Psychology
    3
  • POLS 4455
    International Relations of Africa
    3
  • SOCI 4434
    Emerging Social Issues in Africa
    3
  • SOCI 3314
    Race and Ethnicity
    3

AADS Electives - 9 Credit Hours

Three 3000-4000 level AADS-related courses. If elective course(s) is not listed in one of the three concentrations, it must be approved by AADS Coordinator or AADS Faculty Advisor.

Regional Breadth Requirement

Of the 27 credit hours taken in the Concentrations and AADS Electives: (1) at least 6 credit hours must explicitly focus on African Americans; (2) at least 6 credit hours must explicitly focus on Africa; and (3) at least 3 credit hours must explicitly focus on the African Diaspora in Europe, the Caribbean, South America, or Asia. Whether this requirement has been met or not is determined by the AADS coordinator or an AADS faculty advisor.

Related Studies - 12 Credit Hours

Twelve hours of upper-division studies in related disciplines. These could be courses not already taken from the above list of upper-division major requirements, foreign language, study abroad, internship, coop, and directed study as approved by the academic advisor.

Free Electives - 12 Credit Hours

Any courses in the university curriculum.


Program Total (120 Credit Hours)