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2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog 
2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

African and African Diaspora Studies B.A.

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Bachelor of Arts Degree
College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Office of the Dean
(770) 423-6124

The Bachelor of Arts degree in African and African Diaspora Studies offers students an interdisciplinary educational experience that fosters an understanding of the global experiences of African and African-descended peoples in Asia, Europe, the Oceania, and the Americas. In particular, students will gain an appreciation for the diverse character of humanity, explore the complex historical and cultural relations between Africans on the continent and African-descended peoples in the Diaspora, and engage in a comparative study of issues affecting Africans in the continent and the Diasporas.

Students in the major will complete 33 hours of common requirements, including African language, Senior Seminar, and study abroad or internship. In addition, students choose one of three concentrations: Literature; History; and Social, Cultural and Political Issues.

General Education (42 Credit Hours)

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University-Wide Fitness For Living Requirement (3 Credit Hours)

Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F) (18 Credit Hours)

  • Six hours of 2000-level foreign language: an African language preferred, or choose from French, Arabic, Portuguese, or Spanish (6 Credit Hours)

Concentrations (21 Credit Hours):

There are three Concentrations: Literature, History, and Social Cultural, and Political Issues. Students are to select a concentration. See courses in each of the following concentrations. With the assistance of their advisors, students are to take four courses (12 hours) in their concentration and three courses (9 hours) from the other two concentrations for a total of 21 hours.

Related Studies (12 Credit Hours)

Twelve hours of upper-division studies in related disciplines. These could be courses not already taken from the above list of upper-division major requirements, foreign language, study abroad, internship, coop, and directed study as approved by the academic advisor.

Free Electives (12 Credit Hours)

Any courses in the university curriculum.

Program Total (123 Credit Hours)


Diaspora means the migration or dispersion of any group of people from their ancestral homelands. “Diaspora” in this program refers to the African Diaspora in Asia, Europe, Oceania, and the Americas.

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