African American & African Diaspora Studies/English - Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

The Departments of African American and African Diaspora Studies (AAADS) and English offer an interdepartmental major that allows you to pursue the multidisciplinary study of historical and contemporary connections among Africans, African Americans, and other New World black communities.

The B.A. major in African American and African diaspora studies examines the experiences of people of African descent in the United States and throughout the world. As a humanistic discipline in the democratic tradition, African American and African diaspora studies dispels myths and exposes those attitudes that perpetuate racism in American life. Students in AAAD study art, literature, film, folklore, music, dance, history, institutions, communities, culture, stratification, movements, or identities.

Liberal arts skills stressed in AAAD include critical thinking and experiential learning skills, creative writing, reflective critical reading and writing, ethical and moral reasoning, service learning, community service, intercultural competence and social justice as civic duties of value, scholarship of engagement, and interdisciplinary analysis. The department also offers an AAAD interdepartmental major with English, history, religious studies, or sociology.

Graduates from AAAD successfully pursue careers in academics, theatre and drama, music composition, information technology, law, engineering, education, journalism, criminal justice, creative writing, fundraising, politics, social work, business, community organizing, nonprofits, health care, the legal profession, banking, and technology industries.

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Interdepartmental major options

You can also earn one of our interdepartmental majors: