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Undergraduate Program

Welcome to the Undergraduate Program in the Department of African and African American Studies

Greetings from the Director of Undergraduate Studies

The Department of African and African American Studies brings together scholars and scholarship from many disciplines to explore the histories, societies, and cultures of African and African-descended people. The field of African and African American Studies is not only interdisciplinary but also comparative and cross-cultural.

More about Undergraduate Studies in the Department
Concentration Overview

The Department of African and African American Studies offers students two paths of study within its concentration: the African track and the African American track, each with its own set of requirements.

Concentrating in the Department
African American Studies Track

African American Studies Track requirements for concentrators in the Department of African and African American Studies.

Requirements for the African American Studies Track
African Studies Track

Requirements for the African Studies Track. Students who choose the African track must satisfy an African language requirement. This requirement may be met by taking courses within the African Language Program.

Requirements for the African Studies Track
Secondary Field in African and African American Studies

The secondary field enables students whose concentration is outside the field of African and African American Studies to gain a basic understanding of the history, cultures, politics, and social problems of Africans and peoples of African descent. The Department of African and African American Studies (AAAS) offers two secondary field pathways: African Studies and African American Studies.

Taking a Secondary Field in African American Studies
Senior Thesis Guidelines

Since students often ask for advice about the senior honors thesis, the department has summarized some of the basic information in this section. In an interdisciplinary program such as African and African American Studies, however, concentrators should bear in mind that many students (especially joint concentrators) will want to use the guidelines of the major discipline in which their thesis falls.

Writing a Senior Thesis