May 23, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2010-12 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2010-12 [Archived Catalog]

African American Studies Major (B.A.)

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Major code BA4903

Students completing the African American Studies major program receive a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in African American studies. Courses include communications, education, political science, psychology, social sciences, art, literature, and music, as they reflect and provide insight into the African American experience.

Students can also work in close collaboration with their advisors in developing other focal areas in a range of fields including: health and human services, business administration, African studies, Latin American studies, environmental studies, social work, rural sociology, broadcasting, journalism, and multimedia studies.

The minimum grade point average for graduation is a 2.0 (C) in all courses attempted. A grade of C is also required in each major course.

Advising is an essential element in the African American Studies program. Each student works closely with a faculty member whose expertise and interests are related to the student’s academic pursuits.

The Department of African American Studies also offers an Honors program in African American Studies. See below for more information.

Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences

View the A&S - College Level Requirements (A&S CLR) .

Program Requirements

The requirements for a major consist of 56 quarter hours, including the following:

Complete one focal area

Within the 56 hours, at least 28 must be in one of two focal areas– either social sciences or arts and humanities. The focal area must include at least one course from four of the groups below and at least 16 hours at or above the 300 level.

Option 1 - Social Sciences

Option 2 - Arts and Humanities

Honors Program

The Department of African American Studies  offers an Honors option for all majors with an overall GPA of 3.0 and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 in AAS courses. Qualified candidates may apply for the Honor Program in the fall quarter of their junior year. Candidates admitted to the program must complete two 3-hour independent studies, listed below, with a thesis advisor and then write an honors thesis during their senior year. Students who complete the thesis will graduate with the designation of “Honors” on their degrees.

  • Credit Hours: 1 - 5
  • Students wishing to complete the Honors program must take a 3-hour AAS 490 twice for a total of 6 hours, once fall quarter and once spring quarter of senior year.

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