Bachelor of Arts, African American Studies

African American Studies is a multidisciplinary program designed to provide students with a critical understanding of the historical, cultural, social, and political experience of African Americans, with a particular emphasis on the development and culture of the African American communities in California and the West, as well as on both historical and contemporary effects of global issues on African American communities. By drawing upon courses in American Studies and by emphasizing comparative as well as interdisciplinary study, this program offers training in the analytic tools and methods of interpretation appropriate for studying the African American experience in its particularity, and ethnic and cultural study in general. The program is particularly appropriate for students interested in integrating studies in the humanities and social sciences and for students preparing to work and interact with diverse communities and cultures in the United States and abroad in such fields as education, human services, business, journalism, and public administration.

 

 

Program Major Requirements

Ten courses in African American Studies, or courses certified for African American Studies credit, are required. The 10 courses must be distributed as follows: the three core requirement courses of AMST 200, AMST 350, and AMST 498; one course from each of the following three lists: History, Literature and Culture, and Social and Political Issues; and additional elective courses for a total of 16 units chosen from the courses certified in African American Studies at the 300 level or above.

Core Requirements

Units

AMST 200

Introduction to American Studies and Ethnicity

4

AMST 350

Junior Seminar in American Studies and Ethnicity: Theories and Methods

4

AMST 498*

Senior Seminar in American Studies and Ethnicity

 

*Honors students will substitute AMST 492 Research Methods in American Studies and Ethnicity.

200/300/400-Level Required Courses

Units

One course from each of the following categories:

History

HIST 355

The African-American Experience

4

HIST 455

Advanced Topics in African-American History

4


Literature and Culture

AHIS 365

African American Art

4

AHIS 475

Blackness in American Visual Culture

4

AMST 285

African American Popular Culture

4

AMST 385

African American Culture and Society

4

CTCS 407

African American Cinema

4

ENGL 446

African-American Poetry and Drama

4

ENGL 447

African-American Narrative

4


Social and Political Issues

AMST 206

The Politics and Culture of the 1960s

4

AMST 365

Leadership in the Community--Internship

4

AMST 395

African American Humor and Culture

4

AMST 466

The Psychology of African Americans

4

GEOG 350

Race and Environmentalism

4

POSC 421

Ethnic Politics

4

POSC 427

Black Politics in the American Political System

4

PSYC 462

Minority Mental Health

4

REL 469

Black Religion in America

4

upper division elective courses

Units

Additional courses for a total of 16 units from the lists above or below, 300-level or higher. No more than two courses in the major may be taken outside the College.

AMST 274

Exploring Ethnicity through Film

4

AMST 301

America, the Frontier, and the New West

4

AMST 320

Social Constructions of Race and Citizenship

4

AMST 490x

Directed Research

2-8, max 8

AMST 493

Senior Honors Thesis in American Studies and Ethnicity

4

AMST 499

Special Topics

2-4, max 8

COMM 458

Race and Ethnicity in Entertainment and the Arts

4

POSC 424

Political Participation and American Diversity

4

SOCI 432

Racial and Ethnic Relations in a Global Society

4

  • Department of American Studies & Ethnicity
  • University of Southern California
  • 3620 South Vermont Avenue
  • Kaprielian Hall 462
  • Los Angeles, California 90089-2534