African American Studies

The major in African American Studies has provided focus on the experience of African Americans and their connections to the African Diaspora in the Caribbean and Latin America.  Coursework addresses such topics as cultural practices, with reference to literature, history, and film, as well as inequality as it relates to issues of nationality, race, class, and gender. The major provides students with a solid theoretical and research basis to pursue either graduate professional study or employment in business or industry and can often be completed with a second liberal arts major such as English, history, communication, psychology, or sociology.

Points of Pride

  • The African American Studies and Research Program at Purdue is dedicated to engaging the African Diaspora on a global scale. Within the past five years, we have offered study abroad opportunities to Martinique, Cuba, and Brazil.
  • The African American Studies and Research Center sponsors a variety of annual programs that include: Talkin' & Testifyin' Works-in-Progress Series, Symposium on African American Culture & Philosophy, W.E.B. DeBois Lecture Series, Conversations on the Diaspora, Harriet A. Jacobs Lecture Series in the Humanities and the Arts. 
  • The African American Studies and Research Center also offers an annual Symposium.  This year will be the 25th Annual Symposium, "New Direction in Feminisim and Womanism in Africa and African Diaspora".

Careers

  • Graduate study
  • Professional school
  • Business and management positions
  • Government Positions
  • Attorney
  • Teacher/Professor

Plan of Study

Students must earn a "C-" or better in a course in order for it to count towards the major.

Category:  Courses


A. African American Studies Foundation Courses (9)

AAS 27100 Introduction to African American Studies
ONE of the following: 

AAS 37100 The African American Experience
AAD 37300 Issues in African American Studies

AAS 47400 Methods in African American Studies


B. THREE of the following Social Science Courses (9)

AAS 37000 Black Women Rising**
AAS 37100 The African American Experience**
AAS 37500 The Black Family**
AAS 37600 The Black Male**
AAS 37700 African American Sexuality and Society
AAS 47300 Blacks in Hollywood Film**
AAS 49000 Directed Readings**
AAS 49100 Special Topics**
POL 32600 Black Participation in America
SOC 51400 Racial and Cultural Minorities

C. TWO of the following History Courses (6)

AAS 27000 Black Women Rising**
AAS 37500 The Black Family**
AAS 37600 The Black Male**
AAS 39200 Caribbean History & Culture or HIST 39200
AAS 47300 Blacks in Hollywood Film**
AAS 49000 Directed Readings**
AAS 49100 Special Topics**
HIST 34100/34200 History of Africa South of the Sahara/Africa of the West
HIST 39600/39800 Afro-American to 1865/Afro-American Since 1865
HIST 44100 Africa in the 20th Century
HIST 46900 Black Civil Rights Movement
HIST 59400/59700 Afro-American Thought and Ideology/Topics in 20th Century Black America

D. ONE of the following English Courses (3)

AAS 35900 Black Women Writers or  ENGL 35900
AAS 27000 Black Women Rising**
AAS Issues in African American Studies**
AAS 37600 The Black Male**
AAS 47300 Blacks in Hollywood Film**
AAS 49000 Directed Readings**
AAS 49100 Special Topics**
ENGL 25700 Literature of Black America
ENGL 35800 Black Drama

E. ONE of the following Visual and Performing Arts Courses (3)

AAS 27700 African American Popular Culture
AAS 47300 Blacks in Hollywood Film**
AAS 49000 Directed Readings**
AAS 49100 Special Topics**
AD 39000 African Art
MUS 37700 African Folk Music
MUS 37800 Jazz History

** This course may only be counted in one category


Program Course Requirements (54-55 credits):

ONE of the following:

ENGL 10600 First Year Composition
ENGL 10800 Accelerated First Year Composition

COM 11400 Fundamentals of Speech Communication
Other Language (12) (Proficiency through level IV in one language)
Mathematics
Statistics
Western Heritage
United States Tradition
Other Cultures
Aesthetic Awareness
Racial & Ethnic Diversity(X - fulfilled by major req.)
Gender Issues
Social Ethics
Individual & Society
Global Perspective
Natural Sciences
Natural Sciences Lab

Electives (35-36 credits)


University Core Requirements

Courses selected above must meet the following University Core Requirements:

Human Cultures Humanities
Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
Information Literacy
Science Selective
Science Selective
Science Technology Society Selective
Written Communication
Oral Communication
Quantitative Reasoning

For more information, visit http://www.purdue.edu/provost/initiatives/curriculum/course.html


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African American Studies Program

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