Bachelor of Arts in Africology and African American Studies

The curriculum for the Bachelor of Arts in Africology and African American Studies 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.

Career Opportunities

Alumni of the African American Studies program 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. Several African American Studies alumni and alumnae are active in local and national entertainment in roles that include music production, filmmaking, acting, and script writing. Many others have earned graduate degrees in a variety of areas, including law, the health-related professions such as medicine and nursing, public administration, and the social sciences, including political science, history, psychology, sociology, and anthropology.

Summary of Degree Requirements

University Requirements:

  • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 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 AAAS 2296 Introduction to Africology and AAAS 4096 Senior Seminar.
  • Students must complete requirements of the General Education (GenEd) Program. See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details.

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).
      • For Social Science majors, 6 upper level credits (numbered 2000-4999) must be taken in Humanities or Natural/Mathematical Sciences. This includes the following departments in the College of Liberal Arts: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek (Ancient), Greek and Roman Classics, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Philosophy, Religion, Russian, and Spanish as well as the Department of Art History in the Tyler School of Art, or any department in the College of Science and Technology.
    • A minimum GPA of 2.0, cumulatively, in CLA/CST coursework, and in the major.
    • Only courses in which a student receives a grade of at least C- can satisfy GenEd, major, minor, or CLA Foreign Language and Global Studies requirements.
    • Professional Development Requirement
      • All students in the College of Liberal Arts are required to take a 1 credit seminar in professional development. CLA 1002 Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors is the appropriate course option for this major. Other courses that fulfill this requirement may be found on the CLA College Requirements page. Only one course in this category may count towards graduation.
    • Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirements:
      • All students must complete or test out of the first and second levels of a foreign language - these courses are numbered 1001 and 1002;
      • All students must complete at least one course from the GenEd Global/World Society category; and
      • All Bachelor of Arts students must complete one of the following options:
        • Third semester of a foreign language;
        • Demonstrated proficiency beyond the third semester in a foreign language (placement exam or certification from the language department);
        • Take one Global Studies course from the list on the CLA College Requirements page;
        • Study Abroad at an approved program; or
        • Take a second General Education Global/World Society course.
      • Notes on Foreign Language Study
        • The third level of language is numbered 1003 in French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese and numbered 2001 in all other foreign language subjects.
        • Students are strongly encouraged to take the third level of a foreign language as it is the minimum required for election to the prestigious honor society Phi Beta Kappa. (Taking the course does not guarantee admission but not taking it guarantees exclusion.)
        • See the College of Liberal Arts Policies section of this Bulletin for more information on the Foreign Language Placement, Regression in Coursework, and guidelines for students' other experiences with language.

General Electives are typically one-third of a student's program of study and can be focused on a second major, a minor, or towards some other personal enrichment or professional goals. See an academic advisor for assistance in developing an academic plan for these courses.

Major Requirements (33 credits):

Specifically Required Courses
AAAS 2296Introduction to Africology3
AAAS 2201African Civilization3
AAAS 2242Afrocentricity3
AAAS 2255Introduction to Research Methods (Fall only)3
AAAS 4096Senior Seminar (Spring only)3
Four Electives in AAAS numbered 2000-499912
Two electives in AAAS numbered 1000-49996
Total Credit Hours33

Distinction in Major

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

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Arts in Africology and African American Studies

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2017-2018 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
Foreign Language 1001 - first level4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
Foreign Language 1002 - second level4
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
AAAS 2296Introduction to Africology [WI]3
Africology and African American Studies 1000-4999 Elective3
Africology and African American Studies 2000-4999 Elective3
One 0800-4999 Elective in Any School or College2
Select one of the following:3
Foreign Language - third level
 
GenEd Global/World Society Course
 
Internationally-Focused Course from Approved List
 
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
AAAS 2242Afrocentricity3
AAAS 2201African Civilization3
GenEd Breadth Course3-4
GenEd Breadth Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective2
CLA 1002Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors1
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
CLA/CST 2000+ Humanities/CST Course3
Africology and African American Studies 2000+ Elective3
Africology and African American Studies 2000+ Elective3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
Africology and African American Studies 1000-4999 Elective3
Africology and African American Studies 2000+ Elective3
CLA/CST 2000+ Humanities/CST Course3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
AAAS 2255Introduction to Research Methods (offered during fall semester only)3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
AAAS 4096Senior Seminar [WI]3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Electives6
One 0800-4999 Elective in Any School or College3
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 123