BA with a Major in African American Studies

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences degree from UIC, students must complete University, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of African American Studies degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements
Major Requirements33
General Education and Electives to reach minimum Total Hours87
Total Hours120

General Education

See General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for information on meeting these requirements.

Major Requirements

Required Courses
AAST 100Introduction to African American Studies a,b3
Select one of the following 100- or 200-level humanities courses: c3
African Americans in Film, 1900 - Present: Images, Individuals and Ideas on Screen
Introduction to African American Literature, 1760-1910
Introduction to African American Literature Since 1910
African and Caribbean Francophone Literature in Translation
Techniques of African-American Creative Writing
Comparative Black Literatures
Reading Black Women Writing
Black Cultural Studies
African American Intellectual History
The Harlem Renaissance
Select one of the following 100- or 200-level social science courses: c3
African American Politics and Culture
Race, Place, and Schooling: African Americans and Education
African American Religious Traditions
History of Race Relations in America
The Psychology of African Americans
African American Behavioral Patterns
The African American Family in the United States
Racial and Ethnic Groups
Precolonial Africa in World History
History of Modern Africa
Politics and Government of Africa
Black Freedom Movements in the U.S.
Race and Urban Life
African Americans and the Politics of Incarceration
Race, Gender, and Sexuality
AAST 206Interdisciplinary Research Methods in African American Studies3
AAST 247African American History to 18773
AAST 248African American History since 18773
AAST 340Advanced Interdisciplinary Seminar in African American Studies d3
AAST 390Senior Seminar in African American Studies3
Select 9 additional hours of African American Studies courses in consultation with a departmental advisor (distributed in the following way): 9
200- or 300-level: at least 6 hours e
400-level: at least 3 hours
Total Hours33
a

This course is approved for the Understanding the Individual and Society General Education category.

b

This course is approved for the Understanding U.S. Society General Education category.

c

Students should consult General Education section of the catalog to determine which of the following courses are approved General Education courses.

d

AAST 340 fulfills the Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement.

e

Students wishing to substitute 400-level courses for those at the 200- or 300-level may do so with the permission of the department.

Recommended Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
Quantitative Reasoning course 5
Foreign Language 4
AAST 100 Introduction to African American Studies a,d 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3
AAST 1XX (or 2XX) b 3
 Hours16
Second Year
Fall Semester
AAST 1XX (or 2XX) b 3
AAST 247 African American History to 1877 d 3
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3-5
 Hours16-18
Spring Semester
AAST 248 African American History since 1877 d 3
AAST 206 Interdisciplinary Research Methods in African American Studies 3
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3-5
 Hours13-15
Third Year
Fall Semester
AAST 340 Advanced Interdisciplinary Seminar in African American Studies 3
AAST Elective c 3
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3
Electives 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
AAST Elective c 3
General Education Requirement course/Elective 3
General Education Requirement course/Elective 3
Electives 6
 Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
AAST 390 Senior Seminar in African American Studies 3
Electives 12
 Hours15
Spring Semester
AAST Electives c 3
Electives 12
 Hours15
 Total Hours120
a

May be taken during either the fall or spring semester of the indicated year.

b

One course required from AAST 105d, AAST 110d, AAST 111d, AAST 191, AAST 212, AAST 250d, AAST 261, AAST 262d,AAST 263d, AAST 265d, and one course required from AAST 103d, AAST 104d, AAST 125d, AAST 200d,AAST 201d, AAST 202d, AAST 203d, AAST 225, AAST 241, AAST 245, AAST 249d, AAST 258, AAST 271d, AAST 272d.

c

Students are required to take an additional 9 hours of credit in AAST courses selected in consultation with a departmental advisor, and distributed as follows: at least 6 hours at the 200-300 level, and at least 3 hours at the 400 level. Students wishing to substitute 400-level courses for those at the 200-300 level may do so with the permission of the department.

d

Two of these courses may be used to satisfy two of the nine courses in the General Education Requirement.

Note: Students must earn at least 40 hours at the 200-, 300-, or 400-level at a four-year college or university. These hours may include hours in the major.

Note: The General Education Requirement is nine courses, two laboratory courses from Analyzing the Natural World, one course from each of Understanding the Individual and Society, Understanding the Past, Understanding the Creative Arts , Exploring World Cultures, and Understanding U.S. Society. Two additional courses will be taken from any of these categories.