African American Studies, BA

Offered in: Chicago

Courses offered in the program enable students in any of the five colleges within the university to pursue undergraduate sequences for enrichment or specialization in African American studies. Most courses offered through the St. Clair Drake Center for African and African American Studies are interdisciplinary and may be used to satisfy general education requirements as well as electives. The objectives of the African American studies are as follows:

  • To provide a fundamental understanding of those economic, social, cultural, and political forces in Africa, Europe, and North and Latin America that have shaped the lives of African peoples with the African Diaspora, c. 1400 to the present.
  • To provide a center for basic and action research and the creation of materials that illustrate the problems and development of peoples of African descent in a variety of institutional settings. A major focus of the Drake Center continues to be the Chicago metropolitan area, including urban and suburban enclaves, most notably, the famed Black Metropolis.
  • To influence and support conversations about Africa by providing accurate, timely, and appropriate information on selected topics.
  • To provide multiple levels of understanding of unique problems of African Americans in contemporary American life and the space required to work toward solutions to those problems.
  • To place African American men and women in the complex and often conflicted layers of American society and to show how each has contributed to the development of modern day American society.
  • To develop an expanding curriculum and a body of research that informs and influences policy that affects the lives of African Americans.

Students interested in African American subjects are encouraged to take courses in African history and politics. Interested students should consult the director of the Drake Center as early in their academic careers as possible.

The BA in African American Studies will help students gain an interdisciplinary understanding on past and present social, economic, and political conditions of Africans and people of African descent, and to connect their struggles for social and economic justice with those of disenfranchised peoples throughout the world.

Standards

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.

Requirements

Thirty credit hours of course work are required. With the approval of the program director, students select 21 credit hours from African American Studies courses, of which 12 credit hours must be at the 300 level. Also, 9 credit hours must be selected from courses in African history, politics, and culture. At least 15 credit 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
Introductory African American Studies Courses9
INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES
INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE
PSYCHOLOGY STUDY OF RACISM
AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY:1619-1877
AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY:1877-1960
Advanced 300 Level African American Electives12
THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN
THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN MAN
RACE AND ETHNIC RELATIONS
SPECIAL TOPICS: AFRICAN-AMERICAN LEADERSHIP
Additional Interdisciplinary Courses may apply. See Advisor.
African Studies Courses9
INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN STUDIES
INTRODUCTION TO AFRICA: CULTURE & HISTORY
Additional Interdisciplinary Courses may apply. See Advisor.
General Education, University Writing Requirement, and Electives90
Total Credit Hours120

General Education Requirements

Academic Communities of Practice
ACP 101FIRST YEAR SEMINAR 13
ACP 110PRIMARY TEXTS3
ACP 250GROUNDS FOR CHANGE3
English Composition 2
ENG 101COMPOSITION I: CRITICAL READING & WRITING3
ENG 102COMPOSITION II: INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC RESEARCH3
Humanities
Select 9 credits from the following subject areas: African-American Studies, Art History, English (excluding ENG 101 and ENG 102), History, Languages, Music, Philosophy, Theatre, Speech and Women's and Gender Studies9
Mathematics
MATH 110QUANTITATIVE LITERACY (or above) 33
Non-Western requirement
Non-Western course (can be used for Humanities or Social Sciences general education requirements)3
RU mission-related course 2
LIBS 201WRITING SOCIAL JUSTICE3
Science
One biological science and one physical science required (at least one must be a four-hour lab (not applicable for science majors)7-8
Social Sciences
Select 9 credits from the following subject areas: African-American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, History, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies9
Total Credit Hours49-50
1

Required for students who enter RU with fewer than 12 credit hours

2

Minimum grade of C- required

3

Math, Computer Science & Technology, and Science majors have different requirements--see advisor

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

  • Students may apply no more than 60 credit hours of 100-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must apply no fewer than 60 credit hours of 200- and 300-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must have at least 18 credit hours (of the 60 credit hours above) at the 300 level.
  • Students may transfer in no more than 66 credit 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)