Welcome to African and African American Studies (AAAS) at Stanford University – the first ethnic studies program developed at Stanford University and the first African and African American Studies program at a private institution in the U.S.

Majors

Must Complete a total of 60 units of approved courses consisting of the following:

One of two required courses:

  • AFRICAAM 43 Introduction to English III: Introduction to African American Literature (5 units), or

  • AFRICAAM 105 Introduction to African and African American Studies (5 units)

Five units of AAAS Social Science courses

Five units of AAAS Humanities courses

Five units of coursework focused on the African continent via African Studies or AAAS

AFRICAAM 200X Honors Thesis and Senior Thesis Seminar - WIM (5 units)

Thirty-five units of other AAAS courses


Minors

must complete a minimum of 30 units of approved courses.

One of two required courses:

  • AFRICAAM 43 Introduction to English III: Introduction to African American Literature (5 units) or

  • AFRICAAM 105 Introduction to African and African American Studies (5 units)

Five units of AAAS Social Science courses

Five units of AAAS Humanities courses

 

Interested in Declaring a Major or Minor in AAAS?

 
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Thematic Emphases

Thematic emphases are OPTIONAL Course Guides to help students focus their studies.

Honors

AAAS majors interested in writing an honors thesis are able to engage in advanced, independent research, analysis and articulation with faculty guidance.

Engaging in original research on a topic of a student’s own devising is one of the most exciting experiences of a college education. Through their research AAAS honors candidates are able to both gain and produce knowledge, and possibly challenge the way scholars in the field think about the topic. We encourage students in their sophomore and junior years to consider taking a methodology course in their respective thematic emphasis to prepare them for the rigor of the research process.

Applications for Honors open in Winter Quarter, and students typically apply in their junior year.

Major Grant proposals can be submitted to Undergraduate Advising and Research Opportunities to help subsidize costs for research conducted during the summer following junior year. Both the application and grant proposal help lay the foundation for the research that the candidate will produce. Many of the steps required in preparing an application and grant proposal will further candidates along in their process of pursuing honors.

 
 

UAR Major Grants, timelines, and best practices for proposals

Information and Honors Application resources

Learn how to gain approval for different kinds of research