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African American Studies Major (AAST)

Department of Gender and Race Studies, 104 Manly Hall
grs@as.ua.edu

Degree requirements. The University of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham offer a joint degree in African American studies. Students earning the bachelor of arts (BA) degree with a major in African American studies must complete all University, college (see pp. 52-53), and departmental degree requirements. These include the general education requirements, the following major requirements, all requirements for an approved minor, and sufficient other credits to total a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.

Admission into the major. Students are expected to declare a major formally no later than the fourth semester of full-time enrollment (or at 61 semester hours for transfer students). With the assistance of an advisor in the major department, students should complete the “Declaration of Major” form.

Grade point average. A 2.0 grade point average in the major is required for completion of the degree. The major GPA is calculated based on all courses applicable to the major that the student has attempted at UA.

Major courses. The major in African American studies requires the successful completion of the following 33 semester hours:

CoursesHours
AAST 201 (or AMS 201)3
AAST 249 (or EN 249)3
AAST 319 (or HY 319) or AAST 320 (or HY 320)3
AAST 352 (or SOC 352 or WS 352)3
AAST electives or other approved electives*9
Total21
 
¹Cross-listed with the following courses: AMS 202, EN 249, AMS 341, EN 350, HY 412, COM 413, COM 415, EN 488.
 
²Students may substitute the following courses when the focus and title is on African American or racial topics: AMS 300, AMS 321, AMS 340, AMS 402, AMS 405, AMS 492, ANT 455, ARH 481, CJ 303, COM 395, COM 467, COM 495, EN 311, GY 344, HY 200, HY 300, HY 400, PSC 364, REL 237, REL 480, SW 351, WS 240, or WS 310.

Upper-level residency. A minimum of 12 hours of 300- or 400-level courses in the major must be earned on the UA or UAB campus.

Ancillary courses. This major does not require ancillary courses.

Required minor. This major requires the completion of a minor.

Additional major requirements. A minimum of 18 hours of 300- or 400-level courses in the major must be completed, 9 hours of which must be at the 400 level. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, college, major, and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an advisor in the major department for academic planning and to be cleared for registration each semester. College advisors are also available for additional assistance with minor, college, and University requirements.

Special opportunities. Students have the opportunity to complete internships in a variety of settings. Students should contact the program office for more information. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in a research methods course and to take advantage of study abroad opportunities.

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