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Old Dominion University

2014-2015 Catalog

African American and African Studies

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Melvina Sumter, Program Director

The African American and African Studies (AAST) program offers the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. The program is designed to give students an essential core of basic knowledge and analytical skills, while providing an opportunity to specialize in one of two emphasis areas: African American Studies or African Studies. The African American and African Studies major requires a total of 36 credit hours in African American and African Studies courses, including 18 credit hours of core coursework, 15 hours of coursework evenly distributed between selected upper-division social science and humanities courses, and a minimum of six credit hours of upper-division coursework in African Studies. African American and African Studies majors are required also to take HIST 105H (Africa in a World Setting).

Students can earn either the B.A. or B.S. degree. The B.A. program requires a foreign language through the intermediate level (202). Students seeking the B.S. degree must demonstrate beginning language proficiency (102). Consistent with Old Dominion University's Career Advantage Program (CAP), students majoring in African American and African Studies are required to participate in an appropriate field internship.

Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts –
African American and African Studies Major

Lower Division General Education Requirements

Written Communication *6
English Composition
English Composition
Introduction to Writing in Business, Education and Social Sciences
Oral Communication3
Mathematics3
Elementary Statistics (required)
Language and Culture **0-12
Information Literacy and Research ***0-3
Human Creativity3
Interpreting the Past (met in the major with HIST 105H)
Literature3
Philosophy and Ethics3
The Nature of Science8
Impact of Technology3
Human Behavior ****3
Total Hours35-50
*

Grade of C or better required

**

B.S. students' competence must be at the 102 level. B.A. students must have competence through the 202 level and competence is not met by the associate degree.

***

Can be met in the major by POLS 308 Research Design 

****

AAST 100S may not be used to satisfy this requirement

The requirements for African American and African Studies majors are outlined below. With the permission of the program director, courses not listed below may be approved as substitutions to fulfill program requirements.

Core Requirements (B.A. and B.S.)

HIST 105HInterpreting the African Past3
AAST 100SIntroduction to African American Studies3
AAST 410Africana Intellectual Thought and Economic Development3
AAST 420WAfrican American Political and Social Thought *3
AAST 320Introduction to Research Methods3
or
Research Design
or
Introduction to Social Research
AAST 490Senior Seminar3
Total Hours18
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 Grade of C or better required

Upper-Division Electives (B.A. and B.S., 15 credit hours, 300 and 400 level courses)

Students majoring in African American and African Studies must earn a minimum of 15 credit hours in upper-division humanities and social science courses related to African American studies. Six credit hours of 300/400 level courses must be from the social sciences and six credit hours from the humanities. The remaining three hours must be taken in either the humanities or social  sciences depending upon whether the student is enrolled in the B.A. (humanities) or B.S. (social sciences) program. Courses may be selected from among those listed by category below. No more than two courses from any one discipline may be taken in any category. With the permission of the program director, courses not listed below may be approved as substitutions to fulfill program requirements.

Upper-Division Social Science Courses

AAST 305Africa in Transition3
AAST 310Human Rights and Social Change in Africa3
AAST 395Topics in African American Studies3
AAST 396Topics in African American Studies3
CRJS 450Blacks, Crime and Justice3
CRJS 452Diversity in Criminal Justice Organizations3
or SOC 452 Diversity in Criminal Justice Organizations
GEOG 452Africa3
POLS 309Race, Culture and Public Policy3
POLS 316Politics of Africa3
POLS 410African American Politics3
POLS 412Politics of the Civil Rights Movement3
PSYC 460Psychology of African Americans3
POLS 470African Americans and Foreign Affairs3
SOC 323Sociology of Minority Families3
SOC 426The Sociology of Minority Groups3
SOC 444Community Justice3
or CRJS 444 Community Justice
AAST 368Internship3

Upper-Division Humanities Courses

AAST 395Topics in African American Studies3
AAST 396Topics in African American Studies3
COMM 434African-American Rhetoric Voices of Liberation3
DANC 391African-American Perspectives in Dance3
ENGL 465WAfrican American Literature3
HIST 361African-American History to 18653
HIST 362African-American History Since 18653
HIST 455African-American Historiography3
MUSC 460History of Jazz3
HIST 475History of Modern Africa3
WMST 302WDimensions of Diversity: Intersectionality Among Women3
AAST 368Internship3


African Studies (B.A. and B.S., 6 credit hours, 300 and 400 level electives)

In addition, students majoring in African American and African Studies must earn six credit hours in African Studies courses. Students may select courses from the following list (or topics courses as approved by the director):

AAST 305Africa in Transition3
AAST 310Human Rights and Social Change in Africa3
POLS 316Politics of Africa3
HIST 475History of Modern Africa3

Courses taken in this category cannot duplicate upper-division social sciences and humanities courses taken to fulfill program requirements. At the discretion of the program director, substitutions may be approved to satisfy this requirement. The course options in this category will be expanded and/or modified as they become available.

Electives

Elective courses may be taken for the remainder of the minimum 120 credits required for the degree.

Upper Division General Education

  • Option A. Approved Minor, 12-24 hours; also second degree or second major

  • Option B. Interdisciplinary Minor; 12 hours specified by the department, three of which can be in the major

  • Option C. International business and regional courses or an approved certification program, such as teaching licensure

  • Option D. Two Upper-Division Courses from outside the College of Arts and Letters or from the Arts and Humanities Component within the College of Arts and Letters that are not required by the major (6 hours). AAST courses and any course listed as an elective choice for the major cannot be used to meet this option.

Graduation requirements include a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 overall and in the major, 120 credit hours, which must include both a minimum of 30 credit hours overall and 12 credit hours of upper-level courses in the major program from Old Dominion University, completion of ENGL 110C, ENGL 211C or ENGL 221C or ENGL 231C, and the writing intensive (W) course in the major with a grade of C or better, and completion of Senior Assessment.

African American and African Studies as a Second Major

Students who find themselves especially interested in African American and African Studies but who already have a major may fulfill their upper-division general education requirements by selecting African American and African Studies as a second major.  Such students must complete the same departmental requirements as those majoring solely in African American and African Studies, but may count up to five African American and African Studies cross-listed courses taken for their other major toward their African American and African Studies major as well.  For instance, a student majoring in both sociology and African American and African Studies may apply five courses, such as SOC 337, and SOC 436 toward the foundation courses, and SOC 323, SOC 426, SOC 444, taken toward their sociology requirements, as three electives for their major in African American and African Studies.

Minor in African-American Studies

The minor in African American Studies is administered by the Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Students who wish to qualify for the program must submit a minor declaration form to the African American Studies program.

A variety of courses are offered to meet the requirements of the minor. Interdisciplinary in nature, the African American Studies minor provides an opportunity for students to investigate the history and culture of people of African descent as well as the current political, social, and economic interaction among all members of society.

 The minor in African American Studies is a 15 credit hour program, which includes the following:

AAST 100SIntroduction to African American Studies3
A minimum of six hours of 300/400 level humanities courses from among the following:6
African-American Perspectives in Dance
African American Literature
African-American History to 1865
African-American History Since 1865
African-American Historiography
History of Modern Africa
History of Jazz
Dimensions of Diversity: Intersectionality Among Women
A minimum of six hours of 300/400 level social science courses from among the following: 6
Africa in Transition
Human Rights and Social Change in Africa
Topics in African American Studies
Topics in African American Studies
Africana Intellectual Thought and Economic Development
African American Political and Social Thought
Senior Seminar
African-American Rhetoric Voices of Liberation
Community Justice
Community Justice
Diversity in Criminal Justice Organizations
Diversity in Criminal Justice Organizations
Blacks, Crime and Justice
Race, Culture and Public Policy
Politics of Africa
African American Politics
Politics of the Civil Rights Movement
Psychology of African Americans
Sociology of Minority Families
The Sociology of Minority Groups
Total Hours15

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 Prerequisite course; does not count toward the grade point average required for the minor


With the approval of the director, courses that focus on the African American experience can also fulfill the requirements of the minor.

No course taken to satisfy the requirement of the minor can be from a student's major field.

Students must maintain a 2.00 cumulative grade point average in the courses required for the minor exclusive of 100- and 200-level courses and prerequisite courses. A minimum of six hours in upper-level courses in the minor must be courses offered by Old Dominion University.

Students must file a minor declaration form in the ISRE Resource Center in BAL 2023.

AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES Courses

AAST 100S. Introduction to African American Studies. 3 Credits.

An interdisciplinary examination of the African American experience in America. The course examines the historical and contemporary conditions of African American people. It also explores the various modes of artistic expression, values and philosophical underpinnings of African American culture.

AAST 305. Africa in Transition. 3 Credits.

This course is designed to examine various contemporary social movements in Africa from the 1960s to the present day. In addition, this course examines how these social movements have impacted various groups’ human, cultural, economic, political, and social capital. Prerequisites: General education human behavior course.

AAST 310. Human Rights and Social Change in Africa. 3 Credits.

This course examines historical social movements in Africa such as economic, ethnic, women's, political, and religious social movements. This course will also link micro-level, meso-level, and macro-level implications for the social structures and cultures of various African nations and communities. Prerequisites: General Education human behavior course.

AAST 320. Introduction to Research Methods. 3 Credits.

This course is an introduction to social research methods. The primary purpose of this course is to survey the major research designs and research techniques that are the core of contemporary approaches used to study social phenomena as well as the lives and experiences of African Americans. Ethical implications of social research and data analysis will also be covered. Prerequisites: General Education human behavior course.

AAST 368. Internship. 3 Credits.

Individual practical experience in community-based organizations, public bureaucracies, administrative agencies and other organizations and firms. Student can gain exposure in the not-for-profit and profit sectors. (Qualifies as a CAP experience.) Prerequisites: Permission of program director.

AAST 395. Topics in African American Studies. 3 Credits.

These courses are open to majors and non-majors. Ethnic studies majors may take these courses to satisfy requirements for the concentration. These courses will appear in the course schedule, and will be more fully described in information distributed to all academic advisors. Prerequisites: AAST 100S or permission of the instructor.

AAST 396. Topics in African American Studies. 3 Credits.

These courses are open to majors and non-majors. Ethnic studies majors may take these courses to satisfy requirements for the concentration. These courses will appear in the course schedule, and will be more fully described in information distributed to all academic advisors. Prerequisites: AAST 100S or permission of the instructor.

AAST 410. Africana Intellectual Thought and Economic Development. 3 Credits.

This course examines Africana philosophical and theoretical thought as it pertains to issues of race, labor and production. Through an examination of the social and economic legacy of slavery and colonialism, this course investigates how systems of exploitation have influenced the underdevelopment of Africa, the Caribbean and North America in its contribution to Western Capitalism. Prerequisites: General Education human behavior course.

AAST 420W. African American Political and Social Thought. 3 Credits.

This course is designed to introduce students to the historical and contemporary experiences of “Blackness” as it has been constructed, contested and affirmed in various historical, political and narrative contexts. Embracing the theme of duality, the course examines what it means for a culture and people to be both integral to and excluded from the American political and social community. (This is a writing intensive course.) Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENGL 211C or ENGL 221C or ENGL 231C and a General Education human behavior course.

AAST 490. Senior Seminar. 3 Credits.

This course will introduce students to the key concepts involved in developing and executing an interdisciplinary research project. Students will read and interpret research literature, execute a research project, write a final research paper, and present research findings in a professional setting. Prerequisites: AAST 320.

AAST 495. Topics in African American Studies. 3 Credits.

This course focuses on a variety of selected topics in African American Studies. These courses will appear in the course schedule, and will be more fully described in information distributed to all academic advisors. Prerequisites: Senior standing.

AAST 497/597. Independent Study. 1-3 Credits.

Students are exposed to opportunities to conduct independent research and/or study in areas focused on the political, social and cultural experiences of people of African descent in the U.S. and the African Diaspora. Prerequisites: Junior standing or permission of instructor.