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African-American Studies Department

BA - African-American Studies

Course Requirements

General Education Requirements51
Of the 51 units required by the university, 0 units may be satisfied by specified major and support requirements. Consult major advisor for details.
American Institutions(6)
Of the 6 units required by the university, all may be satisfied within general education requirements as specified in the schedule of classes.
American Institutions is fulfilled by taking AFAM 002A-B
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement(3)
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
Requirement of the Major36
Area Requirements18
AFAM 002A. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentF1233
AFAM 002B. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentF1233
Must complete entire sequence to meet requirement.
Complete one course from:
AFAM 040. African Origins3
AFAM 111. African Nations3
AFAM 120. Sociological Analysis of African-American Communities3
AFAM 159. Economic Issues in the Black Community3
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 190. Internship in Community Development1-4
AFAM 166. African-American Women in History3
AFAM 165. Topics in Ethnic American Literature3
AFAM 164. Survey of Black Business Organizations3
AFAM 156. Black Women Writers: Race, Culture and Life Cycle in Cross-Cultural Perspective3
AFAM 152. The Black Woman3
AFAM 151. Race, Poverty and the Environment3
AFAM 142. Race, Ethnicity, and the Law3
AFAM 134. Martin L. King and the Civil Rights Movement3
AFAM 130. Psychology of the Black Community3
AFAM 125. The Black Family3
AFAM 115. The Black Community Past and Present3
AFAM 112. New Faces in the African-American Community3
AFAM 111. African Nations3
AFAM 105. Health Issues in the African-American Community3
AFAM 102. African-American Music3
AFAM 195. Peoples of Color in the Making of the Americas: 1850-Present3
University Electives31
A minor or double major is recommended (selected with advisor approval).

Total Units:120