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. 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). Associate Transfer Degrees (ADT) pathway roadmaps can be found here.

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
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. 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 Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Requirements of the Major36
Area Requirements18
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 GovernmentD3+US1233
Must complete entire sequence to meet the American Institutions 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 102. African-American Music3
AFAM 111. African Nations3
AFAM 112. New Faces in the African-American Community3
AFAM 125. The Black Family3
AFAM 134. Martin L. King and the Civil Rights Movement3
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 165. Topics in Ethnic American Literature4
University Electives37
At least 4 units must be Upper Division. A minor or double major is recommended (selected with advisor approval).

Total Units:120