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African American Studies, BA

Offered in: CHICAGO


Students must complete all course work with a grade of C- or higher, with an overall GPA in the major of at least 2.0.


Thirty semester hours of course work are required. With the approval of the program director, students select 21 semester hours from African American Studies courses, of which 12 semester hours must be at the 300 level. Also, nine semester hours must be selected from courses in African history, politics, and culture. At least 15 semester hours of course work must be taken at Roosevelt University.

Courses listed below are only a portion of possible offerings. Check course schedules or meet with an advisor for additions.

African American studies courses

  AFS 102 Introduction to African American Studies .....3
  AFS 202 African American Social Psychology .....3
  AFS 207 Introduction to African American Literature .....3
  AFS 228 African American History, 1619 - 1877 .....3
  AFS 229 African American History, 1877 - 1960 .....3
  AFS 232 African American History, 1960 - Present .....3
  AFS 317 The African American Woman .....3
  AFS 318 The African American Male in America .....3
  AFS 327 Race and Ethnic Relations .....3
  AFS 339 African American Experience in the 20th Century .....3
  AFS 365 Black Chicago's History & Culture, 1770 - 1960 .....3
  AFS 382 Black Chicago's History & Culture Since 1960 .....3
  AFS 385 Politics of African Americans .....3

African studies courses

  AFS 101 Introduction to African Studies .....3
  AFS 240 African History to 1500 .....3
  AFS 355 Culture Change and Social Change in Africa .....3
  AFS 370 History of Africa after 1500 .....3
  AFS 371 Modern and Contemporary Africa .....3

General Education Requirements

Academic Communities of Practice

  ACP 101 First-Year Seminar (required for students who enter RU with fewer than 12 semester hours) .....3
  ACP 110 Primary Texts .....3
  ACP 250 Grounds for Change .....3

English Composition (minimum grade of C- required)

  ENG 101 Composition I: Critical Reading and Writing .....3
  ENG 102 Composition II: Introduction to Academic Research .....3


  Nine semester hours total required from these subject areas: African-American Studies, Art History, English (excluding 101 and 102), History, Languages, Music, Philosophy, Theatre, Speech and Women's and Gender Studies .....9


  MATH 110 Math 110 or above (Math, Computer Science & Technology, and Science majors have different requirements -- see advisor). .....3

Non-Western Requirement

  Non-Western course (can be used for Humanities or Social Sciences general education requirements) .....3

RU Mission-Related Course (minimum grade of C- required)

  LIBS 201 Writing Social Justice .....3


  One biological science and one physical science required; at least one must be a four-hour lab (not applicable for science majors) TOTAL: at least 7 science hours. .....7-8

Social Sciences

  Nine semester hours total required from these subject areas: African-American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, History, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies .....9

These quantitative requirements also apply to degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences:

  • Students may apply no more than 60 semester hours of 100-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must apply no fewer than 60 semester hours of 200- and 300-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must have at least 18 semester hours (of the 60 semester hours above) at the 300 level.
  • Students may transfer in no more than 66 semester hours from community colleges.
  • Students must take their final 30 hours at Roosevelt University. Note that some majors have additional requirements for RU hours.
  • Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to graduate. Note that some majors have additional GPA requirements.
  • Students must have a minimum of 90 hours in Arts and Sciences.
  • Students may apply no more than 51 hours in the major (BA) or 57 hours in the major (BS)