Department of African American Studies

Curriculum

THE MAJOR CURRICULUM:

A total of 60 hours are available to the major in African-American Studies.  Thirty (30) of these hours MUST come from designated or required courses; twenty-one (21) from approved electives; and nine (9) from free electives.

THE DESIGNATED or REQUIRED COURSES:

  • HAAS 100, Introduction to African-American Studies (3 hours)
  • HAAS 200, Theories of Afrocentricity or Africentricity (3 hours)
  • HHIS 221 and 222, History of African-Americans (6 hours)
  • HHIS 257, History of Africa to 1800 (3 hours)
  • HHIS 361, History of the African-American Church (3 hours)
  • HENG 380 and 480, Survey of African-American Literature (6 hours)
  • HAAS 400 and 401, The Practicum (6 hours)


THE APPROVED ELECTIVE:
The approved electives are determined on a semester-by-semester basis and are made public around the time of pre-registration.

THE MINOR IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES:
HAAS 100, HAAS 200, HHIS 221, HHIS 222, and six hours of approved electives.

THE CONCENTRATE IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES:
The courses are the same as the minor but are counted within the major discipline with the approval of the chairman of the major department.

Students do not have to major, minor or concentrate in African-American Studies to take courses in the discipline.

The African-American Studies Major: What to do with it?

The overarching goal of the AASP is to provide an academic course of study that leads to a B.A. degree in the major, or to complement other majors through the minor or concentrate in the discipline.  It is expected that students who complete the major, minor or concentrate will continue to prepare for careers in diverse fields and will contribute to the betterment of humankind through their professional work and community service.

To that end, the question that African-American Studies majors are most frequently asked is: “What are you going to do with your major?”  There is no single answer to that question, because the options for the student with a baccalaureate degree in African-American Studies are many.  It must be understood from the outset that the African-American Studies course of study is, perhaps more than any other course of study, a liberal arts major. By its very nature African-American Studies is a multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdiscplinary major.  And the student who earns such a degree, and has an outstanding academic record and excellent scores on the requisite standardized tests for the post-baccalaureate degree he seeks, should have no problem getting into graduate or professional school. From all indicators, most students with degrees in African-American Studies continue their academic and scholarly preparation in graduate school.

Students who graduate from Morehouse with a major in African-American Studies may pursue graduate work in history, art, economics, english, government affairs, international studies/international affairs, journalism, music, political science, psychology, religion, sociology, and drama/theater.  In order to be accepted into the graduate schools at the top-rated universities and receive a fellowship, you need to have at least a 3.50 grade point average and at least a combined score of up to 346 on the three sections of the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE). You may also be required by some graduate schools to take the subject-area examination. The documents in your application to graduate school over which you have control are the personal statement, which is of paramount importance, and letters of recommendation, which are also extremely important. For more information on understanding your scores, please visit: http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/scores

A few students who major in African-American Studies at Morehouse may decide to pursue professional degrees in law, medicine, dentistry or technology.  These students must be aware of all the prequisite courses needed for acceptance into these fields and complete them with distinction.  They should also take the requisite standardized test in the field of their choice: Law School Aptitude Test (LSAT), Medical College Aptitude Test (MCAT), Dental Aptitude Test (DAT), etc.  These students should also make sure they are advised by the Morehouse pre-professional advisors in their chosen field, for they will have the latest information pertinent to pursuance of professional school in their areas.

An African-American Studies major is a good degree to carry into the world of work.  Employers recruit solid college graducates who are articulate, ambitious, eager learners, have excellent communication skills, a cosmopolitan world views, and strong groundings in the liberal arts. The National Council for Black Studies (NCBS), formed in 1975, is the premier, professional and scholarly organization focused on African-American Studies.  Morehouse is proud to be a member, and shares the values and principles that NCBS valiantly advocates and demonstrates, and their commitment to academic excellence and social responsibility is both admirable and noteworthy.  The NCBS has compliled a list of over 200 noteworthy people who majored in Black Studies and are now in professions for which our students could easily qualify http://www.ncbsonline.org/member_resources.  This list merely scratches the surface, as African-American Studies attracts a broad span of interested scholars. Not only persons of African descent, but also persons of European, Asian, Latino, Middle Eastern, and Native American descent are represented in the list. Some of those mentioned are virtually household names or have received considerable local or regional attention.  Their professions range from A (Astronaut) to Z (Zoo administrator). In short, the answer to those asking what a person can do with an African-American Studies major is simple: . . . .Anything!