African, African American, and Diaspora Studies Major, B.A.

Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies

http://aaad.unc.edu

109 Battle Hall, CB# 3395

(919) 966-5496

Kenneth Janken, Director of Undergraduate Studies

krjanken@email.unc.edu

The curriculum of the Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies emphasizes the histories, cultures, cultural linkages, and contemporary sociopolitical and economic realities of Africa and the African diasporas in the context of a globalizing world. The major offers a concentration in African studies and a concentration in African American and diaspora studies.

Department Programs

Major

Minors

Requirements

In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must

  • attain a final cumulative GPA of at least 2.0
  • complete a minimum of 45 academic credit hours earned from UNC-Chapel Hill courses
  • take at least half of their major course requirements (courses and credit hours) at UNC-Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 18 hours of C or better in the major core requirements (some majors require 21 hours).

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

Students may complete the requirements for the African studies concentration or the African American and diaspora studies concentration.

African Studies Concentration

Core Requirements
AAAD 101Introduction to Africa3
AAAD 130Introduction to African American and Diaspora Studies3
AAAD 395Undergraduate Research Seminar3
AAAD 487Intellectual Currents in African and African Diaspora Studies3
Six additional courses apportioned in the following way: 118
One African American and Diaspora studies, or transnational, course chosen from AAAD 130–AAAD 184, AAAD 230–AAAD 284, AAAD 286, AAAD 298, AAAD 330–AAAD 384, AAAD 385, AAAD 430–AAAD 484, AAAD 485, AAAD 488, AAAD 489
As many as three courses chosen from AAAD 100–AAAD 129, AAAD 200–AAAD 229, AAAD 300–AAAD 329, AAAD 386, AAAD 387; LGLA 404; SWAH 404, SWAH 405, SWAH 406; WOLO 404
At least two courses chosen from AAAD 400–AAAD 429, AAAD 485
One course may come from this list, so long as students still take two courses at or above the 400 level in the African studies concentration:
African Art Survey
African Art and Culture
Human Ecology of Africa
African Francophone Cinema
Geography of Africa
Modern African History
Women and Gender in African History
Lusophone Africa in Literature: Discovery to the Present
Women and the Law in Africa and the Middle East
African Gender History
Gender and Imperialism
Total Hours30
1

First-year seminars do not count toward the major.

Recommended

Three semesters of one African language (either to fulfill the foreign language Foundations requirement or in addition to it) are recommended for the concentration in African studies. The following African language courses currently are offered:9-15
Arabic:
Elementary Arabic I
Elementary Arabic II
Intermediate Arabic I
Intermediate Arabic II
Advanced Arabic I
Advanced Arabic II
Chichewa:
Elementary Chichewa I
Elementary Chichewa II
Intermediate Chichewa I
Lingala:
Elementary Lingala I
Elementary Lingala II
Intermediate Lingala III
Intermediate Lingala IV
Kiswahili:
Intensive Kiswahili 1-2
Intensive Kiswahili 3-4
Elementary Kiswahili I
Elementary Kiswahili II
Intermediate Kiswahili III
Intermediate Kiswahili IV
Advanced Kiswahili V
Advanced Plus Kiswahili VI
Wolof:
Elementary Wolof I
Elementary Wolof II
Intermediate Wolof III
Intermediate Wolof IV

African American and Diaspora Studies Concentration

Core Requirements
AAAD 101Introduction to Africa3
AAAD 130Introduction to African American and Diaspora Studies3
AAAD 395Undergraduate Research Seminar3
AAAD 487Intellectual Currents in African and African Diaspora Studies3
Six additional courses apportioned in the following way: 118
One African studies or transnational course chosen from AAAD 100–AAAD 129, AAAD 200–AAAD 229, AAAD 300–AAAD 329, AAAD 386, AAAD 387, AAAD 400–AAAD 429, AAAD 485
As many as three courses chosen from AAAD 130–AAAD 184, AAAD 230–AAAD 284, AAAD 286, AAAD 298, AAAD 330–AAAD 384, AAAD 385
At least two courses chosen from AAAD 430-AAAD 484, AAAD 485, AAAD 488, AAAD 489
One course may come from this list, so long as students still take two courses at or above the 400 level in the African American and Diaspora studies concentration:
Anthropology of the Caribbean
United States Black Culture and Performance
Black/African Diaspora Performance
African American Theatre
African American Literature to 1930 H
African American Literature, 1930-1970 H
African American Literature, 1970 to the Present H
African American Literature--Contemporary Issues H
African American Political Philosophy H
African American Political Thought
Race and Politics in the Contemporary United States H
The Development of Black Children
African American Islam
Race, Class, and Gender
African American Women in the Media
Theorizing Black Feminisms
Total Hours30
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

1

First-year seminars do not count toward the major.

Special Opportunities in African, African American, and Diaspora Studies

Honors in African, African American, and Diaspora Studies

Students with an overall grade point average of 3.3 or higher at the beginning of their senior year and who have already completed AAAD 395 are encouraged to apply for candidacy for the B.A. with honors. Students interested in undertaking honors research and the writing of a thesis should consult with the department’s honors coordinator no later than in their junior year to discuss the process of applying to the program. Approved candidates will enroll in AAAD 691H in the fall semester of their senior year. Upon completion of AAAD 691H and with the approval of the student’s thesis director and the department’s honors coordinator, students enroll in AAAD 692H in the spring semester. AAAD 691H can count as one of the five courses students must take in their concentration of study.

Departmental Involvement

The department works closely with the African Studies Center, the Center for the Study of the American South, the Institute for African American Research, and the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History. These units provide UNC–Chapel Hill and wider communities with important programming on and an opportunity for the advanced study of issues concerning Africa, African America, and other parts of the African Diaspora.

Study Abroad

There are several opportunities for study abroad. Honors Carolina offers a Burch seminar in Cape Town, South Africa, during the fall semester.

Undergraduate Research

The department encourages undergraduate research. The required seminar for majors (AAAD 395) introduces students to research skills and methods in African, African American, and Diaspora studies. The honors program (AAAD 691H and AAAD 692H) offers qualified students the opportunity to engage in a yearlong process of research and writing.