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African American Studies


Dr. Nathaniel Norment, Chairperson
810 Gladfelter Hall
215-204-8491
nnorme01@temple.edu

Dr. Sonja Peterson-Lewis, Director of Undergraduate Studies
829 Gladfelter Hall
215-204-1996
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Stephanie Tschanz, Administrator

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808 Gladfelter Hall
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afam@temple.edu
www.temple.edu/aas/

The mission of the Department of African American Studies (AAS) is to provide an intellectual arena in which students learn critically to examine, analyze, and interpret the experiences, traditions, and dynamics of peoples of African descent so as to be prepared to take roles of effective agency, participation, and leadership in the intellectual, research, and social activist domains of professional and community life. The department's guiding philosophy is African-centered in that we believe that mindful awareness of the social, cultural, and historical experiences of African peoples must inform and guide all viable research, analysis, interpretation, and action directed toward people of African descent.

The curriculum stresses the skills necessary to think critically, write clearly, argue persuasively, and solve problems effectively. Students are exposed to theory and research in a variety of subject areas and are encouraged to engage in active research and service beyond the classroom. Past AAS alumni have entered careers in primary and secondary education and administration, social work and administration, research design, law enforcement, city government, and have also worked with museums and other cultural and artistic institutions. Others have entered graduate studies in a variety of areas, including law, the health-related professions, public administration, and the social sciences.

The department offers three internal awards for graduating seniors—two privately-sponsored awards for outstanding academic performance and one departmental award for outstanding service. The Department of African American Studies supervises the Temple in Ghana program, which allows students to study for six weeks during the summer at the University of Ghana in Accra.

 

Summary of Degree Requirements

1. University Requirements:

  • Math 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or English 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. The African American Studies major requires AAS 1296 and AAS 4096.
  • Students must complete requirements of the General Education (GenEd) Program. See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details.

2. College of Liberal Arts Requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 123 credits, including: 90 credits in CLA/CST courses, 45 credits of which must be at the upper level (numbered 2000-4999). Of that, 6 credits must be outside the student's major division (e.g. Social Sciences or Humanities).
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0, cumulatively, in all College of Liberal Arts coursework and in the major
  • Students must attain a minimum grade of C- (or better) to complete requirements in the major, minor, certificate, GenEd or Foreign Language/Global Studies areas. 

3.  Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirements:

1) All students must complete the second level of a foreign language;

2) All students must complete at least one course from the GenEd World Society category; and

3) All students must complete one of the following options:

    • Third level of a foreign language;
    • Demonstrated proficiency in a foreign language;
    • A second General Education World Society course;
    • Study Abroad at an approved program; or
    • Take one Global Studies course from the list on the CLA College Graduation Requirements page.

4. Major Requirements: 33 s.h. in African American Studies

  1. Specifically Required Courses: 1296, 2201, 2255 (Fall only), 3215, 3268, 4096 (Spring only)
  2. One literature course in the Cultural/Aesthetic category (Select from: AAS 2134, 2208, 2934, 3176, and 4146)
  3. One additional Cultural/Aesthetic course (Select from: AAS 1124, 1125, 1152, 1158, 1165, 1252, 2131, 2134, 2208, 2934, 3176, 3271, 4115, and 4146)
  4. Two courses from the Socio-Behavioral category (Select from: AAS 1253, 1271, 2151, 2211, 2218, 2248, 2251, 3257, 3296, 4221, 4248, and 4389)
  5. One additional upper level elective in AAS, numbered 2000-4999

5. General electives vary according to a student's individual program of study. Consult your academic advisor for more information.

 

Requirements for the Major

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
African American Studies 1296 Introduction to African American Studies 3 WI
African American Studies 3215 Languages & Cultures of West Africa 3  
African American Studies 2201 African Civilization 3  
African American Studies 3268 Critical Readings in African American History 3  
African American Studies 22551 Introduction to Research Methods
(offered during fall semester only1)
3  
African American Studies 40961 Senior Seminar
(offered during spring semester only)
3 WI*
         
African American Studies Electives Select four (4) additional courses as outlined below2. 12  
African American Studies Elective One additional elective numbered 2000-4999 3  
         
Total     33  
         
* Indicates Writing Capstone.    

 

Note 1: Students must take AAS 2255: Introduction to Research Methods and AAS 4096: Senior Seminar in sequence because students must complete in AAS 4096 the research that they will design in AAS 2255.  Thus, complete AAS 2255 in the fall, the only term in which it is offered, and then immediately enroll in AAS 4096 for the spring term, the only semester in which it is offered.  The department does not accept other research courses as substitutes for AAS 2255.

Note 2: The four electives are distributed as follows:

  1. One literature course in the Cultural/Aesthetic category (Select from: AAS 2134, 2208, 2934, 3176, and 4146)
  2. One additional Cultural/Aesthetic course (Select from: AAS 1124, 1125, 1152, 1158, 1165, 1252, 2131, 2134, 2208, 2934, 3176, 3271, 4115, and 4146)
  3. Two courses from the Socio-Behavioral category (Select from: AAS 1253, 1271, 2151, 2211, 2218, 2248, 2251, 3257, 3296, 4221, 4248, and 4389)

Note 3: All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are listed above and are identified by "WI" in the Attribute column.

 

Distinction in Major

African American Studies majors may graduate with a distinction in major if they have earned a GPA of 3.3.

Requirements for the Minor and Suggested Order of Completion

 

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
African American Studies 1296 Introduction to African American Studies 3 WI
African American Studies 3215 Languages & Cultures of West Africa 3  
African American Studies 2201 African Civilization 3  
African American Studies 3268 Critical Readings in African American History 3  
African American Studies 2255 Introduction to Research Methods
(offered during fall semester only)
3  
  Electives Select two (2) additional courses, one of which must be at or above the 2000 level.** 6  
Total     21  
         
**Make these selections based on the content areas in which you desire greater familiarity (e.g., AAS literature, AAS social issues, AAS psychology, etc.). One of these two upper-level courses may be an AAS-related course outside the department; however, students must seek written approval from the AAS undergraduate director prior to enrolling in outside courses that they want to apply toward the AAS minor. Students must earn a grade of B or higher in external courses that they wish to apply toward the AAS minor.
The department does not accept other research courses as substitutes for AAS 2255.

 

 


 

 

Suggested Semester-by-Semester plan

 

Freshman Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
English 0802, 0812 or 0902 Analytical Reading & Writing 4 GW
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Quantitative Literacy 4 GQ
Foreign Language 1001 Foreign Language (first level) 4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Human Behavior 3 GB
Subtotal      15  
   
Freshman Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
IH 0851 or 0951 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I 3 GY
Foreign Language 1002 Foreign Language (second level) 4  
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology I 3 GS
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Race & Diversity 3 GD
African American Studies 1296 Introduction to African American Studies 3 WI
Subtotal      16  
 
Sophomore Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Foreign Language/
GenEd
0800+ Foreign Language (third level) or
GenEd World Society course or
Internationally-Focused Course From Approved List
3
GG
IH 0852 or 0952 Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II 3 GZ
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Science & Technology II 3 GS
African American Studies 2201 African Civilization 3  
African American Studies 2000-4999 One African American Studies Elective 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 2  
Subtotal      17  
 
Sophomore Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Arts 3-4 GA
GenEd 08xx or 09xx Global/World Society 3 GG
GenEd 08xx or 09xx U.S. Society 3 GU
African American Studies 1000+ One Cultural Aesthetic African American Studies
Course From Approved List
3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Humanities/CST Course 3  
Subtotal      15-16  
 
Junior Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ Humanities/CST Course 3  
African American Studies 3268 Critical Readings in African American History 3  
African American Studies 1000+ One Socio-Behavioral African American Studies
Course From Approved List
3  
CLA/CST 0800+ Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
Subtotal     15  
 
Junior Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
African American Studies 3215 Languages & Cultures of West Africa 3  
African American Studies 1000+ One Socio-Behavioral African American Studies
Course From Approved List
3  
African American Studies 1000+ One Literature-Focused Cultural Aesthetic African
American Studies Course From Approved List
3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
Subtotal      15  
 
Senior Year – 1st Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
African American Studies 2255 Introduction to Research Methods
(offered during fall semester only)
3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Subtotal      15  
 
Senior Year – 2nd Semester  
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
African American Studies 4096 Senior Seminar
(offered during spring semester only)
3 WI
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 2000+ One 2000+ CLA/CST Course 3  
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Any CLA/CST Elective 3  
Any 0800-4999 One Elective in Any School or College 3  
Subtotal      15  
         
Degree Total   123  

 

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