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African American Studies
University of Mississippi

African American Studies Major

The African American Studies interdisciplinary major consists of 42 semester hours, including 6 hours of basic core courses (AAS 201 and 202), 33 hours from the three areas of specialization, and the 3 hour senior seminar course (AAS 480). At least 12 of the 33 hours must be in a designated area of specialization. In addition, 12 hours must be chosen from one or both of the other two areas outside of the designated area of specialization. These courses may include courses taken before declaration of major. Areas of specialization include: African and African American History, African and African American Political Institutions, and African and African American Culture. A minimum grade of “C” is required in all courses applied toward the African American Studies major. Although other requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree must be met, the African American Studies major does not require a minor.

AAS 201
African American Experience I

AAS 202
African American Experience II


A. African and African American History
AAS 170/ HIS 170 Introduction to African History

AAS 310 Experience of African American Mississippians

AAS 324/HIS 324/GST 321 Race, Gender, and Courtship

AAS 325/HIS 307 African American History to 1865

AAS 326/HIS 308 African American History since 1865

AAS 322/HIS 322/GST 322 Race, Gender, and Science in Early America

AAS 350 Topics in African American History

AAS 362/GST 362/HIS 339 African American Women’s History

AAS 392/HIS 387 Modern Africa

AAS 437/HIS 326 The Atlantic Slave Trade and Africa

AAS 438/HIS 327 Historical Perspectives on Slavery in the Americas

AAS 440/HIS 328 History of African Americans in Sports

AAS 442 The New Negro Era

AAS 443/HIS 329 The Civil Rights Era

HIS 460 Undergraduate Research Seminar in African History

AAS 498 African American Studies Directed Study

AAS 501 African American Studies Seminar

AAS 509/HIS 509 Historiography of African American History

B. African and African American Political and Social Institutions
AAS 302 Judicial System and the African American Experience

ASS 307/ANTH 307 Peoples of Africa

AAS 308/POL 307 Politics of Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

AAS 315/POL 323 Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa

AAS 316/ANTH 315 The African Diaspora

AAS 320/POL 320 African American Politics

AAS 328/GST 328/SOC 328 African American Feminist Thought

AAS 351 Topics in African American Political and Social Institutions

AAS 413/SOC 413 Race and Ethnicity

AAS 414/SOC 414/SST 314 Race, Place, and Space

AAS 504 Research in African American Studies

C. African and African American Culture
AAS 334/SST 334 Introduction to Field Work Techniques

AAS 337/ANTH 337 Anthropology of Blues Culture

AAS 341/ENGL 322 African American Literary Tradition I

AAS 342/ENGL 323 African American Literary Tradition II

AAS 352 Topics in African American Culture

AAS 360 Topics in African American Studies Abroad

AAS 371/ENGL 371 African Literature

AAS 373/ENGL 373 Caribbean Literature

AAS 386/AH 336 African and African-American Arts

AAS 395/ AH 369 Survey of African American Art

AAS 412 Studies in Black Popular Culture

AAS 420/ENGL 420 Major African American Writers

AAS 421 Readings in US Black Feminism

AAS 422/ENGL 422 Prison and the Literary Imagination

AAS 441/ENGL 441 Comparative Black Literatures

AAS 517/MUS 517 African American Musical Tradition

AAS 518/MUS 518 History of Jazz

AAS 593/ENGL 593 African American Literature

AAS 480 African American Studies Senior Seminar