Major

AADS Major Application Deadline: Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Complete the AADS Admissions Application Cover Page. This cover page must be signed, sealed in an envelope, and turned in to Lyons 301 by 4:00 p.m. on November 13th, 2019.

AADS Major Application. The remainder of the application must be submitted via Google Forms.


Overview

The AADS major consist of a minimum of 31 credits, equivalent to at least 10 full-semester courses. AADS majors can have a second major as long as the student stays in compliance with the University’s regulation that, in order to earn a major, a student must have at least 27 credits in the major program that are not used to fulfill requirements for another major or minor. In addition to taking AADS 1110 “Introduction to African Diaspora Studies” (3 credits) and AADS 6600 “Senior Seminar” (4 credits), students pursuing an AADS major need to take 8 additional elective courses, and only two of which can be a 1000-level course. Four of those elective courses must be Black Atlantic courses. Black Atlantic course are those that have a global framework that puts different geographical regions of the world in conversation with one another within the African Diaspora.

There are two tracks in which AADS majors can concentrate: 1) Intellectual Traditions and Cultural Production or 2) Politics and Social Inquiry. Students in the Intellectual Traditions and Cultural Production track examine Black intellectual traditions, expressive forms, and modes of cultural analysis and cultural criticism primarily (but not exclusively) based on textual analyses. In the Politics and Social Inquiry track students examine the development of institutions, measure inequality, and identify societal patterns utilizing primarily (but not exclusively) historical and social science techniques. While both tracks are rooted in the interdisciplinary study of the African Diaspora, the Intellectual Traditions and Cultural Production track will be for those students most interested in pursuing careers and graduate studies typically associated with the humanities; while the Politics and Social Inquiry track will attract students with more social science curiosities.

AADS majors must take six of their eight elective courses in one track and their remaining two in the other. Students’ elective courses may not fall exclusively in Social Science (Communication, History, Political Science, or Sociology) or Humanities (Art History, English, Music, Philosophy, Romance Languages and Literatures, or Theater) departments.

AADS Major Tracks and Black Atlantic Courses

View listing of courses that fall under the AADS Major Tracks: Intellectual Traditions and Cultural Productions (ITCP) and Politics and Social Inquiry (PSI); and Black Atlantic Courses.

Sample Schedule for Intellectual Traditions and Cultural Production

First Year
AADS/SOCY 1511 Where #BlackLivesMatter meets #MeToo: Violence and Representation in the African Diaspora” (6 credits)
AADS 1110 Introduction to African Diaspora Studies (3 credits)
Sophomore Year
AADS2210/ARTH2210 Festival, Carnival, and Masquerade (3 credits)
AADS2306/MUSA2306 Music of Africa (3 credits)
AADS3000/THEO3000 Black Church, Black Protest (3 credits)
Junior Year
AADS3002/ENGL4017 Black Nature: Race and Ecology (3 credits)
AADS4481/HIST 4481 History of Black Nationalism (3 credits)
Senior Year
AADS3466/FREN3360 Literature and Culture in Francophone Africa (3 credits)
AADS5597/SOCY5597 Contemporary Race Theory (3 credits)
AADS 6600 Senior Seminar (4 credits)

Sample Schedule for Politics and Social Inquiry

First Year
AADS 1110 Introduction to African Diaspora Studies (3 credits)
AADS1155/SOCY1043 Introduction to African American Society (3 credits)
Sophomore Year
AADS1139/SOCY1039 African World Perspectives (3 credits)
AADS2442/POLI2442 African Politics (3 credits)
AADS3302/RL3302 Racism: French and American Perspectives (3 credits)
Junior Year
AADS3416/POLI3416 Race and Ethnicity in Latin America (3 credits)
AADS4472/COMM4472 Race, Law, and Media (3 credits)
Senior Year
AADS3466/FREN3360 Literature and Culture in Francophone Africa (3 credits)
AADS4485/HIST 4485 Medicine and Public Health in the African Diaspora (3 credits)
AADS 6600 Senior Seminar (4 credits)