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General Information

 

To declare African-American Studies as your major/minor, need academic advising, or to apply for graduation, please contact the Department Chair, Dr. Ruth Wilson, at ruth.wilson@sjsu.edu or (408) 924-5861.


 

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Bachelor of Arts in African-American Studies

 

This department offers instruction in a unified curriculum leading to the baccalaureate degree in African-American Studies.  Subject matter includes education, sociology, economics, social anthropology, public health, literature, art, psychology, and history all of which focus on African-American community development.

 

Course Requirements

Units

University Graduation Requirements

 

 

 

53

Core Lower Division General Education
Of the 39 units required by the university, 0 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below.  Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C" or better to meet the requirement.  Consult with major advisor for details.

 

 

39

 

Upper Division General Education
Of the 9 units required by the university, 0 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below.  Consult with major advisor for details.

 

 

9

 

American Institutions
Coursework shown below for the 6 units required by the university are double counted within GE.  Consult with major advisor for details.  Consult Major Advisor for department recommended coursework to meet GE requirement.

 

 

0

 

Physical Education

 

 

2

 

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see esting.sjsu.edu/wst.  Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at info.sjsu.edu/gwar.

 

 

3

 

Requirements of the Major

 

 

 

 36 

Area Requirements 

 

 

18

 

 Historical

 

9

 

 

Must complete entire sequence to meet the American Institutions requirement:

AFAM 002A: African-Americans and the Development of America's History and Government

3

 

 

 

AFAM 002B: African-Americans and the Development of America's History and Government

3

     

Complete one course from:

AFAM 040: African Origins

3

 

 

 

AFAM 111: African Nations

3

 

 

 

Social-Behavioral

 

6

 

 

AFAM 120: Sociological Analysis of African-American Communities

 3

 

 

 

AFAM 159: Economic Issues in the Black Community

 3

 

 

 

Cultural

 

3

 

 

AFAM 022: The Humanities in African-American Culture

3

 

 

 

Senior Seminar

 

 

3

 

AFAM 198: Senior Seminar in African-American Studies

3

 

 

 

Electives in the Major

 

15

 

 

Complete five courses from:

AFAM 102: African-American Music

3

     

AFAM 105: Health Issues in the African-American Community

3

     

AFAM 111: African Nations

3

     

AFAM 112: New Faces in the African-American Community

3

     

AFAM 115: The Black Community Past and Present

3

     

AFAM 125: The Black Family

3

     

AFAM 130: Psychology of the Black Community

3

     

AFAM 134: Martin L. King and the Civil Rights Movement

3

     

AFAM 142: Race, Ethnicity, and the Law

3

     

AFAM 151: Race, Poverty and the Environment

3

 

 

 

AFAM 152: The Black Woman

3

 

 

 

AFAM 156: Black Women Writers: Race, Culture and Life Cycle in Cross-Cultural Perspective

3

 

 

 

AFAM 164: Survey of Black Business Organizations

3

 

 

 

AFAM 165: Topics in Ethnic American Literature

3

 

 

 

AFAM 166: African-American Women in History

3

 

 

 

AFAM 190: Internship in Community Development

1-4

 

 

 

AFAM 195: Peoples of Color in the Making of the Americas: 1850-Present 

3

 

 

 

University Electives
A minor or double major is recommended (selected with advisor approval).

 

 

 

31

TOTAL UNITS

120

 

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Minor in African-American Studies

 

The African-American Studies minor consists of 18 semester units with courses emphasizing the humanities and social sciences.  The interdepartmental structure of this minor will enable students, while pursuing degrees in specific disciplines, to interface more efficiently with African-Americans and other persons of African racial and ethnic heritage.

 

Course Requirements

Units

Requirements of the Minor

 

 

18

Required Courses

 

6

 

AFAM 002A: African-Americans and the Development of America's History and Government

3

 

 

AFAM 002B: African-Americans and the Development of America's History and Government

3

   

Upper Division Electives
Chosen to complement the major (see department Chair or minor advisor for specific information).

 

12

 

TOTAL UNITS

18

 

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Minor in African Studies

 

This degree is cross listed with the Political Science Department.

 

Course Requirements

Units

Requirements of the Minor

 

 

15

Core Courses

 

3

 

Complete one course from:

POLS 142: African Politics

3

 

 

AFAM 111: African Nations

3

   

HIST 105A: History of Africa

3

   

HIST 105B: History of Africa

3

   

Additional Courses
Consult the Program Coordinator for selection of remaining courses/units.

 

12

 

TOTAL UNITS

15

 

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