2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
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2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

African and African American Studies, BA

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Program Description

African and African American Studies (AFS) is an interdisciplinary program that provides students the opportunity to explore the heritage and contributions of Africans and African Americans to world civilizations and cultures. Students within this major will:

  • Develop effective critical thinking and communication skills
  • Explore teaching and research interests in African and African American experiences in Africa, the United States, and throughout the African Diaspora (the spread of people of African descent throughout the world)
  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of diversity in the United States, Africa, and the African Diaspora.

Students who wish to engage in more concentrated study within the major are able to design an appropriate course of study through directed readings and independent study with the permission of the program director and a professor in the program.

Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to the major must possess an overall GPA of at least a 2.0. To graduate with a degree in African and African American studies, students must maintain a grade of C or higher in all AFS classes. At least 30 credit hours in the major must be at the 3000 level or above.

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Program Requirements:

I. Wright State Core: 38 Hours

Element 1 - Communication: 6 Hours

Element 2 - Mathematics: 3 Hours

Element 3 - Global Traditions: 6 Hours

Element 4 - Arts and Humanities: 3 Hours

Element 5 - Social Sciences: 6 Hours

Element 6 - Natural Sciences: 8 Hours

Additional Core Courses: 6 Hours


IV. College Requirements: 18-22 Hours

Foreign Language: 12-16 Hours

Through the 2020 level (1010, 1020, 2010, 2020) of one language: Arabic, Spanish, French, German, Greek, Latin, Chinese, American Sign Language or other.

Students taking American Sign Language should be advised that ASL 1010, 1020, 2010, and 2020 meet for (4) rather than (3) credit hours each.

Methods of Inquiry

V. Electives: 27-31 Hours

Total: 120 Hours

Graduation Planning Strategy

The Graduation Planning Strategy (GPS) has been created to illustrate one option to complete degree requirements within a particular time frame. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to adjust this plan based on credit already earned, individual needs or curricular changes that may not be reflected in this year’s catalog.

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