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    Jul 14, 2020  
American University Catalog 2019-2020 
    
American University Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

African American and African Diaspora Studies (BA)


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Offered by the Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies Collaborative , College of Arts and Sciences , the African American and African Diaspora Studies (BA) is a rigorous interdisciplinary program that examines African American culture in the continental United States in the context of the cultures of the African diaspora. The program provides students with an understanding of the rich history and cultures of African American peoples in the United States, with opportunities to explore contemporary and historical African cultures, theories of racial ideology and race politics, and the distinctive artistic, literary and cultural practices of African people worldwide.

Admission to the Program


Formal admission to the program requires a grade point average of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) and the approval of the program director.

University Requirements


AU Core Requirements


For additional information, see AU Core Curriculum .

Major Requirements


  • 36 credit hours with grades of C or better, including at least 18 credit hours at or above 300-level

Course Requirements


Internship (3 credit hours)


Electives (18 credit hours)


Complete 18 credit hours from the following, or other coursework approved by advisor, including at least 3 credit hours from each of the following areas:

Note: Coursework should represent a mix of social sciences and the humanities, as well as coursework on both on African American culture and experience and on the analysis of race as a construct.

Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees


American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor’s/master’s programs. See Admission to a Combined Bachelor’s / Master’s Program  and Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees  for more information.

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