Academic Programs

Welcome to the Department of African American Studies

General Information


If you would like to declare African American Studies as your major/minor, need to apply for graduation, or need academic advising, please contact the Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Wendy Thompson at


Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies


This department offers instruction in a unified curriculum leading to the baccalaureate degree in African American Studies.  Subject matter includes education, sociology, economics, social anthropology, public health, literature, art, psychology, and history all of which focus on African American community development.

African American Studies Major Requirements


Minor in African American Studies


The African American Studies minor consists of 18 semester units with courses emphasizing the humanities and social sciences.  The interdepartmental structure of this minor will enable students, while pursuing degrees in specific disciplines, to interface more efficiently with African Americans and other persons of African racial and ethnic heritage.

African American Studies Minor Requirements



Minor in Black Women's Studies


The Black Women’s Studies minor consist of 15 semester units with courses that explores, examines, and engages the intellectual traditions connected to the cultural, historical, philosophical, and social perspectives of the lived experience at the nexus of Blackness and womanhood; topics covered within the minor are interdisciplinary in nature.

Black Womens' Studies Minor Requirements


SAGE Scholars Program: African American Studies, BA + Single Subject Credential in Social Science + Teaching, MAT


The Spartan Accelerated Graduate Education Program (SAGE) allows students to earn their Bachelor of Arts concurrently with their Master of Arts in Teaching. This 5-year program prepares students to teach History, African American Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Social Studies in California public high school. 

SAGE Scholars Program Requirements

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