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B.A. in African American Studies

Degree Requirements

The academic regulations for this degree program, as entered in the University of Mississippi Catalog, are in effect for the current or selected academic year and semester. The University of Mississippi reserves the right to 1) change or withdraw courses; 2) change rules for registration, instruction, and graduation; and 3) change other regulations affecting the student body at any time.

B.A. in African American Studies

General Education

Requirement Hours Description
First Year Writing I 3 Complete Engl 101, Hon 101, Writ 100 or Writ 101 with a passing grade.
First Year Writing II 3 Complete one of the following courses with a passing grade: Engl 102, Liba 102, Writ 102 or Hon 102.
6 hrs literature survey 6 Complete 6 hours of literature survey with a passing grade. Choose from the following courses: Engl 221, Engl 222, Engl 223, Engl 224, Engl 225, or Engl 226.
6 hrs modern/ancient language 200+ 6 Successfully complete at least 6 hours at the 200 level or above in one modern or ancient language.
6 hrs history 6 Complete 6 hours in History (HIS) course work with a passing grade.
3 hrs humanities 3 Successfully complete 3 hours in one of the following areas: African-American studies; classical civilization; environmental studies (Envs 101); gender studies (G St 201, 301, 333, 350); philosophy; religion; Southern studies (S St 101, 102). In addition, gender studies courses that are cross-listed with African American studies, classical civilization, English, modern languages, philosophy, or religion courses will satisfy this requirement.
6 hrs social science 6 Successfully complete 6 semester hours in anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, or sociology.
3 hrs fine arts 3 Complete 3 hours in the area of fine or performing arts. Choose from art history, music, dance, and theatre arts. Studio and workshop courses cannot be used to satisfy this requirement. Acceptable freshman or sophommore-level courses are: AH 101, AH 102, AH 201, AH 202; Music 101, Music 102, Music 103, Music 104, Music 105; Dance 200; and Theatre 201.
3 hrs math 100+ 3 Successfully complete 3 hours of Math at the 100 level or above except for Math 245 and Math 246.
9-12 hrs science 9 Complete a full year of science course work in one subject area (6-8 hrs) and complete 3 credit hours in a subject area from another department. Courses may be chosen from the departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geology and Geological Engineering, or Physics and Astronomy. Note that a student taking the required 6 hours of one subject (astronomy or physics) from the Department of Physics and Astronomy must take the remaining 3 hours from another department.
2 associated science labs 2 Successfully complete at least two science laboratory courses.

Major Requirements

Requirement Hours Description
AAS 201 3 Aas 201: African American Experience I
AAS 202 3 Aas 202: African American Experience II
AAS 480 3 Aas 480: African American Studies Senior Seminar
AAS residency hrs 12 Students must earn at least 12 hours of their major courses in residence. A grade of C or better is required for each course applied toward major.
AAS electives 9 Aas 373: Caribbean Literature, Aas 420: Major African American Writers, Aas 422: Prison & the Literary Imagination, Aas 441: Comparative Black Literatures, Aas 371: African Literature, Aas 322: Race, Gender, Science in Early America, G St 322: Race, Gender, Science in Early America, Aas 412: Studies in Black Popular Culture, Aas 421: Readings in U.S. Black Feminism, Aas 442: The New Negro Era, Aas 414: Race, Place, and Space, Aas 437: The Atlantic Slave Trade and Africa, Aas 351: Topics in AAS Pol & Social Institutions, Aas 352: Topics in AAS Culture, Aas 316: The African Diaspora, Anth 315: The African Diaspora, Aas 328: African American Feminist Thought, Aas 320: African American Politics, Aas 517: African American Musical Tradition, Aas 518: History of Jazz, Aas 593: African American Literature, Aas 307: Peoples of Africa, Aas 302: Judicial System & African Amer Community, Aas 308: Const Law II:  Civil Lib & Civil Rights, Aas 315: Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa, Aas 325: African American History to 1865, Aas 386: African and African American Arts, Aas 334: Introduction to Field Work Techniques, Aas 337: Anthropology of Blues Culture, Aas 413: Race and Ethnicity, Aas 440: History of African Americans in Sports, Aas 443: The Civil Rights Era, Aas 501: African American Studies Seminar, Aas 504: Research in African American Studies, Aas 509: Historiography of African American Hist, Aas 498: AAS Directed Study, Aas 362: African American Women's History, Aas 480: African American Studies Senior Seminar, Aas 324: Race Gender Courtship African Amer. Hist, Aas 326: African American History since 1865, Aas 350: Topics in African American History, Aas 392: Modern Africa, Aas 395: Survey of Black American Art, Aas 438: The Rise and Fall of American Slavery, Aas 310: Experiences of Black Mississippians, Aas 342: African American Lit Survey Since 1920, Aas 341: African American Lit Survey to 1920, Aas 360: Topics in African Amer. Studies Abroad, Aas 343: African American Science Fiction Lit
Overall Major GPA 0 Please contact your academic advisor for grade point requirements.
Resident Major GPA 0 Please contact your academic advisor for grade point requirements.
Select an emphasis 0 Students must enroll in one of the African American Studies emphasis areas: - African and African American History - African and African American Political and Social Institutions - African and African American Culture

Emphasis - Political/Social Institutions

Requirement Hours Description
12 hrs Afr-Amer pol/soc inst 12 Earn at least 12 credits of required upper-division work with a grade of C or better from approved courses in the area of African and African Political and Social Institutions.
12 add'l hrs specialization 12 Complete 12 credit hours from one or both of the other two areas outside of the designated area of specialization: 'African and African American History', and 'African and African American Culture'. A minimum grade of C is required in all courses applied toward the AAS major.

Emphasis - History

Requirement Hours Description
12 hrs African-American history 12 Earn at least 12 credits of required upper-division work with a grade of C or better from approved courses in the area of African and African American History.
12 add'l hrs specialization 12 Complete 12 credit hours from one or both of the other two areas outside of the designated area of specialization: 'African and African American Political and Social Institutions', and 'African and African American Culture'. A minimum grade of C is required in all courses applied toward the AAS major.

Emphasis - Culture

Requirement Hours Description
12 hrs African & Afr-Amer culture 12 Earn at least 12 credits of required upper-division work with a grade of C or better from approved courses in the area of African and African American Culture.
12 add'l hrs specialization 12 Complete 12 credit hours from one or both of the other two areas outside of the designated area of specialization: 'African and African American Political and Social Institutions', and 'African and African American Hisoty'. A minimum grade of C is required in all courses applied toward the AAS major.
The policies and regulations contained in this online University of Mississippi Catalog are in effect for the current or selected semester. The catalog is not a contract, but rather a guide for the convenience of students. The University of Mississippi reserves the right to 1) change or withdraw courses; 2) change the fees, rules, and schedules for admission, registration, instruction, and graduation; and 3) change other regulations affecting the student body at any time. Implicit in each student’s enrollment with the university is an agreement to comply with university rules and regulations, which the university may modify to exercise properly its educational responsibility.