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 Requirements33-36
General Education and Electives to reach minimum Total Hours84-87
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
AAST 101Introduction to African Diaspora Studies c,d3
AAST 206Interdisciplinary Research Methods in African American Studies e3
AAST 246Black Lives in Historical Context b,d3
AAST 401Senior Seminar in African American Studies3
Select one of the following history courses: f3
Precolonial Africa in World History c,d
History of Modern Africa c,d
African American History to 1877 b,d
African American History since 1877 b,d
Select one course from each of the following four categories: g9-12
Black Queer and Feminist Studies h
Black Freedom Movements in the U.S.
Reading Black Women Writing
Race, Gender, and Sexuality
Topics in African American Studies i
Cultural Production and Analysis h
African American Politics and Culture
Race, Place, and Schooling: African Americans and Education
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 American History to 1877
African American History since 1877
Black Freedom Movements in the U.S.
Comparative Black Literatures
Reading Black Women Writing
Black Cultural Studies
African American Art
The Harlem Renaissance
Topics in African Literature
Topics in African American Studies i
Diasporic and Transnational Studies h
Introduction to African American Literature, 1760-1910
African American Religious Traditions
African and Caribbean Francophone Literature in Translation
The Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt
Topics in African Diaspora Studies
Topics in African Literature
Topics in African American Studies i
Race, Politics, and Institutions h
African American Politics and Culture
Race, Place, and Schooling: African Americans and Education
African Americans in Film, 1900 - Present: Images, Individuals and Ideas on Screen
The African American Family in the United States
Racial and Ethnic Groups
Topics in African Diaspora Studies
African American History to 1877
African American History since 1877
Black Freedom Movements in the U.S.
Comparative Black Literatures
Race and Urban Life
Black Cultural Studies
African Americans and the Politics of Incarceration
Race, Gender, and Sexuality
Topics in African American Studies i
Select 6 additional hours of African American Studies courses in consultation with a departmental advisor (distributed in the following way): 6
300-level: at least 3 hours j
400-level: at least 3 hours
Total Hours33-36

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 101 Introduction to African Diaspora Studies 3
 Hours16
Second Year
Fall Semester
AAST 1XX or 2XX (Designated Cultural Production and Analysis course) a 3
AAST 246 Black Lives in Historical Context 3
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3-5
 Hours16-18
Spring Semester
AAST 1XX or AAST 2XX (Designated Diasporic and Transitional Studies course) b 3
AAST 206 Interdisciplinary Research Methods in African American Studies f 3
Foreign Language 4
General Education Requirement course 3-5
 Hours13-15
Third Year
Fall Semester
AAST 1XX or 2XX (Designated Black Queer and Feminist Studies course) c 3
AAST 1XX or 2XX (Designated Race, Politics, and Institutions course) d 3
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3
Electives 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
AAST 3XX or AAST 4XX e 3
General Education Requirement course/Elective 3
General Education Requirement course/Elective 3
Electives 6
 Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
AAST 3XX or AAST 4XX c 3
Electives 12
 Hours15
Spring Semester
AAST 401 Senior Seminar in African American Studies 3
Electives 12
 Hours15
 Total Hours120