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Program Requirements

African/African American Studies (AAAS)

KENNETH J. BANKS, GERALD A. GINOCCHIO, IBRAHIM HANIF, JIM NEIGHBORS, KIMBERLY A. ROSTAN, Coordinators

The program in African/African American Studies is an interdisciplinary course of study in the rich history and culture of Africa and the descendants of Africa in America. Working across disciplines and departments, the program will integrate courses from Art History, English, History, Philosophy, Religion, Sociology, and Theatre, and will culminate in an independent capstone project.

The program in African/African American Studies is not a major. Courses applied toward requirements for African/African American Studies also may be counted for other programs, majors, or minors. Typically, Interim courses cannot be used to fulfill any requirements other than Interim. However, in special cases African/African American Studies may permit the use of an applicable Interim course if approved in advance by the program coordinators. Successful completion of the program will be noted on the transcript and on the program for commencement exercises.

Program Requirements:

18 hours (six three-hour courses) as follows:

1. One theory course: Either ENGL 320, African American Literature, or SOC 307, W.E.B. DuBois and the Development of Black Sociology.

2. Four more courses from the following list, with not more than two, including the theory course, from the same department.

  • ARTH 241 African Art: Gender, Power, and Life-Cycle Ritual
  • ENGL 320 African American Literature
  • ENGL 330 Black Arts Movement
  • ENGL 340 African Literature
  • ENGL 358 Literature and Human Rights
  • HIST 307 History of the American South to the Civil War
  • HIST 308 History of the American South since the Civil War
  • HIST 316 Topics in African-American History
  • PHIL 331 African Philosophy
  • SOC 240 Race and Ethnic Relations.
  • SOC 305 The Sociological Wisdom of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • SOC 306 The Sociological Lessons of the Lifeand Times of Malcolm X
  • SOC 307 W.E.B. DuBois and the Development of Black Sociology

Special topics courses offered at the 480- or 490-level through the departments of Art History, English, Government, History, Philosophy, Religion, Sociology and Theatre may apply to the program with prior approval by the coordinator.

3. The Senior Capstone Project.
448. Capstone Project: African/African American Studies
Designed by the student, the Capstone Project combines an understanding of African/African American theory with interdisciplinary study in two disciplines of the student’s choice. Often the project will take the form of a traditional research paper (20-30 pages), but works of fiction or drama, field studies, multi-media presentations, or other formats are acceptable, subject to the coordinators’ approval. Projects other than research papers must be accompanied by a bibliography of sources and a 5-10 page statement explaining goals, results, and research methods. Students will defend their final project before a committee of three faculty members, consisting normally of two teaching courses in the African/African American Studies program and one outside reader; these defenses will be open to the Wofford community. Prerequisite: Permission of the coordinators.