African-American Studies

Director: Stephanie Mitchem
Office: FH 101
Telephone: (313) 993-6227

The African-American Studies program critically examines—through a multi-disciplinary lens—the background, culture and diverse experiences of the peoples of sub-Saharan Africa and their descendants in the diaspora throughout the world. Courses in the program utilize critical and analytical approaches derived from or grounded in the black experience.

The program allows students to demonstrate study and expertise in African-American studies and serves as a basis for advanced study in a variety of disciplines and professional fields. It is available to all students enrolled at the University.

Certificate Requirements

The African-American Studies Certificate will be granted to students completing a minimum of 20 credit hours, including AAS 200, AAS 490 and 15 credit hours in other courses approved for African-American Studies credit. Courses meeting African-American Studies criteria, including AAS 200 and AAS 490, are listed in the Schedule of Classes each semester.

Required (20 cr.)

AAS 200

Critical Perspectives in African-American Studies

3 cr.

AAS 490

Integrative Seminar

2 cr.


Approved for African-American Studies credit

15 cr.

The certificate may be completed in conjunction with an undergraduate degree program or on a post-baccalaureate basis.