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African-American Studies Department

BA - African-American Studies

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. These roadmaps are an advising tool that outlines a path of courses a student can take to complete requirements for graduation. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example course grade minimums).


Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements47
Core Lower Division General Education33
Of the 39 units required by the university, 6 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Note: Students who have completed the ADT Transfer Degree (under SB 1440) for this major will have completed all Lower Division GE Requirements and should follow the 60 unit guarantee roadmap. Meet with an advisor prior to registering for your first semester for the 60 unit roadmap or specific questions.
Upper Division General Education9
Of the 9 units required by the university, 0 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions
Coursework shown below for the 6 units required by the university are double counted within GE. Other courses do meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. Consult with major advisor for details.
Consult Major Advisor for department recommended coursework to meet GE requirement.
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement3
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see http://testing.sjsu.edu/wst. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at http://info.sjsu.edu/gwar.html.
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Requirements of the Major36
Area Requirements18
Historical9
AFAM 002A. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentM73
Must complete entire sequence to meet the American Institutions requirement.
Complete one course from:
AFAM 040. African Origins3
AFAM 111. African Nations3
Social-Behavioral6
AFAM 120. Sociological Analysis of African-American Communities3
AFAM 159. Economic Issues in the Black Community3
Cultural3
AFAM 022. The Humanities in African-American Culture3
Senior Seminar3
AFAM 198. Senior Seminar in African-American Studies3
Electives in the Major15
Complete five courses from:
AFAM 102. African-American Music3
AFAM 105. Health Issues in the African-American Community3
AFAM 111. African Nations3
AFAM 112. New Faces in the African-American Community3
AFAM 115. The Black Community Past and Present3
AFAM 125. The Black Family3
AFAM 130. Psychology of the Black Community3
AFAM 134. Martin L. King and the Civil Rights Movement3
AFAM 142. Race, Ethnicity, and the Law3
AFAM 151. Race, Poverty and the Environment3
AFAM 152. The Black Woman3
AFAM 156. Black Women Writers: Race, Culture and Life Cycle in Cross-Cultural Perspective3
AFAM 164. Survey of Black Business Organizations3
AFAM 165. Topics in Ethnic American Literature3
AFAM 166. African-American Women in History3
AFAM 190. Internship in Community Development1-4
AFAM 195. Peoples of Color in the Making of the Americas: 1850-Present3
University Electives37
At least 4 units must be Upper Division. A minor or double major is recommended (selected with advisor approval).

Total Units:120