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    University of Memphis
  Sep 20, 2017
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

African and African American Studies, (B.A.)

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Program objectives for a B.A. in African and African American Studies are to: (a). define the term “diaspora” and describe the history, scope and impact of the post-Renaissance diaspora of African peoples; (b) critique the experiences of African and African American women within the context of the collective experiences of Africans and African Americans and the world as a whole; (c) apply methodological approaches and analytical skills used in the humanities, the social and behavioral sciences, or the arts to the study of the experiences of Africans and people of African descent in the Diaspora; (d) demonstrate an understanding of the links between African cultural institutions and those of people of African descent in the Diaspora; (e) compare and contrast the history and cultures of peoples of Africa to the history and cultures of peoples of African descent in the Diaspora.

University General Education Program (41 hours)

See Graduation from the University  for the University General Education Program requirements.

College and Degree (B.A.) Requirements (6-9 hours)

The College and Bachelor of Arts requirements  are in addition to the University General Education Program requirements and are listed above.

The Major (30 hours)

Major Core (18 hours):

Concentration (12 hours):


Electives (40-43 hours)

Electives may be chosen to bring the total number of hours to 120.

Typical 4-Year African and African American Studies Sequence

Freshman Year

Semester Totals 30-31 hrs

Sophomore Year

Semester Totals 32 hrs

Junior Year

  • AAAS Humanities Core Elective (3)
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (3) *
  • History (3) *
  • COMM 2381 - Oral Communication
  • AAAS conc. elective (3)
  • AAAS Soc/Behav core elective (3)
  • AAAS conc. elective (3)
  • UD elective (3)
  • UD elective (3)
  • Elective (3)

Semester Totals 30 hrs

Senior Year

Semester Totals 28 hrs

Total Hours: 120-122

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120-121

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement

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