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Academic Program Guide

African American Studies

College: Social Sciences and Public Policy
Degree: B.S. or B.A.
Limited Access: No

Contact: Dr. Joanna Hunt
Address: 211 Bellamy Building, FSU Tallahassee, FL 32306-21
Phone: (850) 644-4418

Description of Major
African American Studies is an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary approach to the study of racial and ethnic identity, human relations, and cultural dynamics. The curriculum provides an intellectually powerful analysis of individual achievements, cultural phenomena and paradigms, institutional behaviors, global trends, and public discourse. The curriculum also focuses on educational and social policy issues.

In addition to common coursework, students in this major select one of the following concentrations: Economics, Political Science, Sociology, or Humanities (BA only).

Prerequisite Coursework
There are no state-wide Common Program Prerequisites. However, each concentration within this major may have prerequisite courses that must be completed that may not be used to meet major requirements.

Economics: ECO 2013, ECO 2023, and either STA 2023 or STA 2122.
Political Science: POS 1041 and CPO 2002
Sociology: SYG 1000 recommended.
Humanities: no specific prerequisite courses.

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of


Requirements for Progression to the Upper-Division Major:
Students must complete at least 52 semester hours of credit with a minimum FSU GPA of 2.0 and most of the required General Education requirements met, including freshman English Composition and mathematics, or an A.A. Degree.

Major Program of Studies at FSU: 36 hours.
Students should consult with a program advisor regarding current courses approved to meet the history and concentration requirements.

1) Basic Core. 9 hours
AFA 2000 (3) Introduction to the Afro-American Experience in the US
AFA 3101 (3) Theory and Dynamics of Racism & Oppression or SYD 4700 (3) Race & Minority Group Relations
AFA 3930 (3) Peoples & Cultures of Africa or SOP 3782 (3) Psych. of the African-American or LAH 4723 (3) Race and Class in Colonial Latin America approved substitution.

2) A History requirement. 6 hours
Students are required to take a minimum of six hours of African or African American History from an approved list.

3) Complete a concentration in one of the following specialty areas. 21 hours
Students must complete 21 hours in one of the following specialty areas. Coursework will include both required coursework and additional coursework to be selected from an approved list.

Political Science
Humanities (BA)

Language requirement: 0 to 12 credits.
Students choosing the Humanities specialty area, or others choosing to complete a BA degree, are required to demonstrate proficiency in French, Spanish, Portuguese, or Arabic through the intermediate (2XXX) level.

Computer Skills Competency: 3 hours. CGS 2060 (3) or CGS 2100 (3).

Oral Communication Competency: 0-3 hours
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met with an approved college-level course.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary:
Total Hrs. Required 120
General Education *36
Prerequisite courses vary
Major Coursework 36
Minor Coursework 0
Foreign Language 0-12
Computer Skills 3
Oral Competency 0-3
Electives to bring total hours to 120

Note: Only 6 credit hours may count for both General Education and major requirements.

Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors.

1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.

Employment Information
Salary Information: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Archivist, Documentary Producer, Curator, Social Worker, Editor, Teacher, Publisher, Librarian, Public Relations Specialist, Free-lance Writer, Manufacturer's representative, Human Resource Specialist, Lobbyist and other positions for which a bachelor’s degree is required.

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