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Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences


Interdisciplinary Programs


BA in African and African American Studies

David C. Dennard, Director, A-220 Brewster Building

The major in African and African American studies is an interdisciplinary degree program housed in the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.Its comparative focus and multidisciplinary emphasis complement many existing programs that seek to prepare undergraduate students for competitive careers and productive work in a global world of different cultures, political systems, and economic infrastructures. Students pursuing a degree in AAAS will develop a broad perspective on human values and ethnic diversity, as well as an understanding of the socio-political, religious, and historical evidence related to African peoples, both in Africa and the diasporic communities of North America and the Atlantic world. Students are encouraged to combine a major in AAAS with others at East Carolina University. Minimum degree requirements is 126 s.h. of credit as follows:

  1. Foundations curriculum requirements (See Section 4, Foundations Curriculum requirements for all Baccalaureate Degree Programs.) - 42 s.h.
  2. Foreign Language through level 1004 - 12 s.h.
  3. Core - 21 s.h.
    AAAS 1000. Introduction to African and African American Studies (3)
    AAAS 4000. Senior Seminar (3) (P: Declared majors or minors in AAAS with senior status or consent of instructor)
    ART 3975. African American Art (3) (F,S)(FC:FA) (P: ART 1906, 1907; or consent of instructor)
    ENGL 3260. African American Literature (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL 1200)
    HIST 3810. History of Africa (3) (WI*) (F) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3039. Black Politics in America (3) (FC:SO)
    POLS 3265. African Political Systems (3) (FC:SO)
  4. Concentration (Choose 9 s.h. from one of the following.) - 9 s.h.
    African:
    ART 3970. African Art (3) (WI*) (F,S) (P: ART 1906, 1907; or consent of instructor)
    FREN 2443. Readings in the Francophone Cultures of Africa (3) (FC:HU) (Taught in French) (P: FREN 1004)
    GEOG 3050. Africa (3) (WI) (S) (FC:SO)
    HIST 3820. History of South Africa (3) (WI) (FC:SO)
    HIST 3830. Africa and Islam (3) (WI) (FC:SO)
    African American:
    ENGL 4340. Ethnic American Literature (3) (WI) (S-OY) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL 1200)
    HIST 3110. History of African Americans (3) (F) (FC:SO)
    HIST 5230. Themes in African American History (3) (S)
    JUST 3700. Race, Gender and Special Populations in the Criminal Justice System (3)(F,S) (P: JUST major or minor)
    SOCI 4347. Social Inequality (3) (F) (FC:SO) (P: SOCI 2110)
  5. Electives (Choose 6 s.h. from the following.) - 6 s.h.
    AAAS 2000. Study Abroad(3) (S)
    ANTH 3003. Cultures of Africa (3) (OY) (FC:SO) (P: ANTH 1000 or 2010 or 2200 or consent of instructor)
    ANTH 3016. Cultures of the Caribbean (3) (S) (FC:SO) (P: ANTH 1000 or 2010 or 2200 or consent of instructor)
    ART 2906. West and Central African Art (3) (S) (FC:FA) (P: Non-ART major)
    DNCE 1013. Jazz Dance I (3) (F) (FC:FA)
    DNCE 1023. Jazz Dance II (3) (S)
    ENGL 2760. Afro-Caribbean Language and Culture (3) (S) (P: ENGL 1200)
    FORL 2624. Francophone Literature of Africa in Translation (3) (FC:HU)
    HIST 5130. Comparative History of New World Slavery and Race Relations (3)(WI*)
    MUSC 2258. History of Jazz Music (2) (F,S,SS)(FC:FA)
    PHIL 2455. Introduction to Africana Philosophy (3) (WI*) (FC:HU)
    SOCI 4345. Racial and Cultural Minorities (3) (S) (FC:SO) (P: ANTH 1000 or SOCI 2110)
    Any course in section 3 or 4 that is not being counted toward the major.
  6. Minor - 24-28 s.h.
  7. Electives to complete requirements for graduation.

African and African American Studies


The minor requires 24 s.h. credit. A course may not be counted for both the major and minor in AAAS.

  1. Core - 6 s.h.
    AAAS 1000. Introduction to African and African American Studies (3)
    AAAS 4000. Senior Seminar (3) (P: Declared majors and minors in AAAS, with senior status or consent of instructor)
  2. Electives - 18 s.h.
    Choose at least three courses from each of the following areas of study listed below.
    African:
    AAAS 2000. Study Abroad (3) (S)
    ANTH 3003. Cultures of Africa (3) (OY) (FC:FA) (P: ANTH 1000 or 2010 or 2200 or consent of instructor)
    ART 2906. West and Central African Art (3) (S) (FC:FA) (P: Non-ART major)
    ART 3970. African Art (3) (WI*) (F,S) (P: ART 1906, 1907; or consent of instructor)
    ENGL 2760. Afro-Caribbean Language and Culture (3) (S) (P: ENGL 1200)
    FORL 2624. Francophone Literature of Africa in Translation (3) (FC:HU)
    GEOG 3050. Africa (3) (WI) (S) (FC:SO)
    HIST 3810. History of Africa (3) (WI*) (F) (FC:SO)
    HIST 3820. History of South Africa (3) (WI) (FC:SO)
    HIST 3830. Africa and Islam (3) (WI) (FC:SO)
    PHIL 2455. Introduction to Africana Philosophy (3) (WI*) (FC:HU)
    POLS 3265. African Political Systems (3) (FC:SO)
    African American:
    AAAS 2000. Study Abroad (3) (S)
    ART 3975. African American Art (3) (F,S) (FC:FA) (P: ART 1906, 1907; or consent of instructor)
    ENGL 3260. African American Literature (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 4340. Ethnic American Literature (3) (WI) (S-OY) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL 1200)
    HIST 3110. History of African-Americans (3) (F) (FC:SO)
    HIST 5130. Comparative History of New World Slavery and Race Relations (3)(WI*)
    HIST 5230. Themes in African American History (3) (S)
    JUST 3700. Race, Gender and Special Populations in the Criminal Justice System (3)(F,S) (P: JUST major or minor)
    MUSC 2258. History of Jazz Music (2) (F,S,SS) (FC:FA)
    POLS 3039. Black Politics in America (3) (FC:SO)
    SOCI 4345. Racial and Cultural Minorities (3) (S) (FC:SO) (P: ANTH 1000 or SOCI 2110)
    SOCI 4347. Social Inequality (3) (F) (FC:SO) (P: SOCI 2110)