Jul 04, 2020  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog 

Afro-American Studies Major (BA)

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Afro-American Studies Major- Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Please see the UNLV College of Liberal Arts, Interdisciplinary Degrees web page at www.unlv.edu/interdisciplinary/ for information about department programs, faculty and facilities.

Please see advising information at the UNLV Wilson Advising Center at www.liberalarts.unlv.edu/WAC/.


Institution - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities www.nwccu.org

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify major events in Afro-American history.
  2. Relate major events in Afro-American history to British North-American and United States history generally.
  3. Identify and analyze select current issues in contemporary Afro-American life and culture.
  4. Identify general cultural or sub-cultural aspects of the Afro-American experience vis-à-vis the mainstream American experience.
  5. Explain how the rapid rise of the United States as a world power in the 19th century was directly related to the forced labor of Africans and Afro-Americans.
  6. List the major events of the Civil Rights Movement.
  7. Relate the Black Power Movement to the Civil Rights Movement that preceded it, and to the current era.
  8. Describe at least one mode of Afro-American literary or artistic achievement, including its major figures.
  9. Recognize the major political and social figures of Afro-American history and culture.
  10. Display an ability to produce acceptable, university-level written work

University Graduation Requirements

Afro-American Degree Requirements - Total: 120 Credits

General Education Requirements - Subtotal: 36-37 Credits

First-Year Seminar - Credits: 3

English Composition - Credits: 6

Second-Year Seminar - Credits: 3

Constitutions - Credits: 4

Mathematics - Credits: 3

Distribution Requirement - Credits:18-19

Please see Distribution Requirements  for more information.

  • Humanities and Fine Arts: 9 Credits
    • Two courses 3 credits each from two different humanities areas - 6 credits
    • One course in fine arts- 3 credits
  • Social Science
    • Automatically satisfied by Major requirements
  • Life and Physical Sciences and Analytical Thinking: 9-10 credits

Multicultural and International

(see note 1)

Multicultural, one 3 credit course required
International, one 3 credit course required

These courses may overlap with general education and major requirements. A single course may not meet the multicultural and international requirements simultaneously. For the list of approved multicultural and international courses, go to:  http://facultysenate.unlv.edu/students.

Major Requirements - BA in Afro-American Studies - Subtotal: 39 Credits

 (see notes 2-4)

Other Afro-American Studies Requirements - 18 Credits

Social Science - Credits: 9
Fine Arts - Credits: 3
Foreign Language/Foreign Culture - Credits: 6

Electives - Credits: 7-9

Total Credits: 120


  1. UNLV’s multicultural requirement is met by Afro-American Studies majors through any of the following required courses:  ,  ,  , or   .
  2. Not more than two of the following courses may count toward the major in Afro-American Studies:   , or  .
  3. Use of the following courses for major credit requires permission of the Director of the Afro-American Studies Program:     , or   .
  4. At least 18 credits of the required 42 upper-division credit hours (300-400 level) must be in the major.

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