Students can choose from seven thematic emphases.
Thematic Emphases do not require specific coursework, but rather guide the topical focus for each student throughout their undergraduate career.
After deciding upon a thematic emphasis, students are advised to make an appointment with the faculty liaison for their respective emphasis to develop a relationship, get advice on coursework, seek out future research opportunities, and potentially advise or direct them to other advisors for honors/capstone research projects.
Politics & The Law
Faculty Director(s): Lauren Davenport & Rick Banks
This emphasis exposes students to inquiry and major topics in disciplines like public policy, government, and international relations.
Faculty Director(s): Allyson Hobbs, Clayborne Carson, Jim Campbell
This emphasis exposes students to historical and historiographical views of the black experience in US and transnational contexts.
AFRICAAM 252C The Old South: Culture Society, and Slavery
AFRICAAM 18C Sugar, Slavery, Race & Revolution: The Caribbean, 1450-1888
AFRICAAM 68D Martin Luther King Jr.: The Inner Life & Global Vision
AFRICAAM 45S The Cold War & the Shaping of Modern Africa
AFRICAAM 51 Hamilton: An American Musical
Identity & Intersectionality
Faculty Director(s): Jennifer Brody, Allyson Hobbs, Stephen Shigematsu
This multi-disciplinary thematic emphasis exposes students to fields that attend to questions of identity and analysis drawn from gender and sexuality studies, critical ethnic studies, religious studies, etc.
Art & Cultural Expression
Faculty Director(s): Michele Elam, Vaughn Rasberry, Jonathan Calm
This thematic emphasis focuses on disciplines that engage literature, performance studies, art and visual culture, cultural theory, etc.
AFRICAAM 265G African American Independent Film
AFRICAAM 159 James Baldwin & 20th Century Literature
AFRICAAM 156 Race, Politics, & the Staging of August Wilson
AFRICAAM 160J Conjure Art 101: Performances of Ritual, Spirituality, & Decolonial Black Feminist Magic
AFRICAAM 18B Jazz History
AFRICAAM 352 The Novel in Africa
AFRICAAM 133 Literature & Society in Africa & The Caribbean
AFRICAAM 45 Freestyle Improv from Contemporary to Hip Hop & Beyond
Media, Science, & Technology
Faculty Director(s): Adam Banks
This thematic emphasis focuses on disciplines that engage journalism and communications, digital studies, environmental studies, biotechnology, and science, technology, and society, etc.
Education, Policy, & Reform
Faculty Director(s): Arnetha Ball, Bryan Brown
This thematic emphasis focuses on issues related to education and education policy, linguistics, psychology, sociology, anthropology, etc.
Social Impact & Entrepreneurship
Faculty Director(s): TBD
This thematic emphasis focuses on practice and the study of justice ideologies, social movements, social entrepreneurship, and community-based research, etc.