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For the official university guidelines, please see the Georgia State University undergraduate catalog.

Alternatives are available to some core and major requirements. Please see a degree program adviser for specific guidelines. In addition to the Program Degree Requirements, students must fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements  and the University Degree Requirements. The official university undergraduate catalog is the document of record for all requirements.

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major Field (18)

1. Required Courses (12)

  • AAS 1140 Introduction to African and African-American History and Culture (3)
  • AAS 2010 Introduction to African-American Studies (3)
  • AH 1850 Survey of Art III: Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas (3)
  • Soci 1160 Introduction to Social Problems (3)

2. Foreign Language (3)

  • Lang 1002 Elementary II (3)

3. Select one additional course from the following (3):

  • Anth 2020
  • Econ 2105
  • Econ 2106
  • Geog 1101
  • Hist 1111
  • Hist 1112
  • Phil 2010
  • PolS 2401
  • Psyc 1101
  • Psyc 2040
  • Psyc 2103
  • Soci 1101
  • WSt 2010

Area G: Major Courses (33)

A grade of C or higher is required in all major courses.
1. Major Requirements (15)

  • AAS 3120 African Diaspora (3)
  • AAS 3975 Concepts and Theories in African-American Studies (3)
  • AAS 3980 Research Methods in African-American Studies (3)
  • AAS 4120 African-American Political Thought (3)
  • AAS 4980 Seminar and Practicum in African-American Studies (3)

2. Literature Course: Select one course (3)

  • AAS 3880 African-American Literature (3)
  • AAS 3960 African-American Literature by Women (3)
  • AAS 4890 Caribbean Literature (3)

3. A minimum of 15 hours must be taken from African-American Studies courses at 3000-4000 level which must include:
three courses from one of the two areas (Humanities and Social/Behavioral Sciences) of concentration and two courses
from the remaining areas of concentration.

Humanities Concentration

AAS 3080 Issues in African-American Philosophy (3)
AAS 3450 History of African-Americans in Georgia (3)
AAS 3500 Jazz History (3)
AAS 3810 History of African-American Music (3)
AAS 3880 African-American Literature (3)
AAS 3955 Language in the African-American Community (3)
AAS 3960 African-American Literature by Women (3)
AAS 4125 Black Feminist Thought (3)
AAS 4230 Religions of the African World (3)
AAS 4250 African-American Religion (3)
AAS 4300 African Art (3)
AAS 4310 Art of Ancient Egypt and Nubia (3)
AAS 4320 African-American Art (3)
AAS 4600 Enslavement and Resistance in North America (3)
AAS 4620 Enslavement in the Americas (3)
AAS 4640 African-American People (4)
AAS 4650 African-American Theatre (3)
AAS 4660 African-American Women (4)
AAS 4750 African-American Ethical and Legal Issues (3)
AAS 4760 Eastern Africa and the Horn of Africa (4)
AAS 4765 Central and Southern Africa (4)
AAS 4770 Western Africa (4)
AAS 4772 Women in Africa (3)
AAS 4774 African Rebellions (3)
AAS 4776 Africa and Hollywood: Myth, Romance, and Savage Imagery (4)
AAS 4890 Caribbean Literature (3)
AAS 4950 African-American Popular Culture (3)

Social/Behavioral Science Concentration

AAS 3000 African-American Family (3)
AAS 3050 Introduction to African-American Psychology (3)
AAS 3070 African Americans in the Criminal Justice System (3)
AAS 3240 Peoples and Cultures of Africa (3)
AAS 3480 African-American Rhetoric (3)
AAS 3980 Research Methods in African-American Studies (3)
AAS 4000 Issues in the African-American Community (3)
AAS 4030 African-American Male/Female Relationships (3)
AAS 4080 African-American Female Activism (3)
AAS 4100 African-American Women in the United States (3)
AAS 4160 African-American Politics (3)
AAS 4180 Politics of the Civil Rights Movement (3)
AAS 4280 African-American Anthropology (3)
AAS 4400 Geography of Africa (3)
AAS 4530 Voices of African-American Feminists (3)
AAS 4780 African-American Lesbian and Gay Activism (3)
AAS 4900 African-Americans in Film (4)