Approved Cognates

The Department of African American Studies maintains a list of courses from various department that have been evaluated and deemed ‘Approved Cognates.’ Cognates are courses from other departments (that are not currently cross-listed) which can be taken to count towards the African American Studies Undergraduate Course of Study. Additional courses may be considered as cognates with the approval of the Department.

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African Studies Approved Cognates
American Studies Approved Cognates
Anthropology Approved Cognates
Architecture Approved Cognates
Economics Approved Cognates
English Approved Cognates
History Approved Cognates
Music Approved Cognates
Politics Approved Cognates
Portuguese Approved Cognates
Psychology Approved Cognates
Religion Approved Cognates
Sociology Approved Cognates
Woodrow Wilson School Approved Cognates

 Please also see our list of Articulation Agreements.


Program in African Studies Approved Cognates

Active Approved Cognates include:

  • AFS 400 Topics in African Studies
  • AFS 427 Conflict in Africa

Program in American Studies Approved Cognates

Active Approved Cognates include:

  • AMS 342 (also HIS 442) Race, Racism and Politics in Twentieth-Century America

Department of Anthropology Approved Cognates

Active Approved Cognates include:

  • ANT 210 Cross-Cultural Explorations of Gender in Film and Ethnographic Texts
  • ANT 301 The Ethnographer’s Craft
  • ANT 304 Political Anthropology
  • ANT 321 Ritual, Myth and Worldview
  • ANT 322 Cross-Cultural Texts
  • ANT 350 Desire and Repression: Economic Anthropology and American Pop Culture

School of Architecture Approved Cognates

Active Approved Cognates include:

  • ARC 305 Urban Studies: Analysis of Contemporary Urban Form
  • ARC 401 Theories of Housing and Urbanism

Department of Art and Archaeology Approved Cognates

Active Approved Cognates include:

  • ART 242 (also ARC 242) The Experience of Modernity: A Survey of Modern Architecture in the West
  • ART 456 Seminar: Contemporary Art

Department of Economics Approved Cognates

Active Approved Cognates include:

  • ECO 321 Industrial Organization
  • ECO 351 Economics of Development

Department of English Approved Cognates

Active Approved Cognates include:

  • ENG 350 Literature of the American Renaissance, 1820 – 1860
  • ENG 351 American Literature: 1865 – 1930
  • ENG 367 American Women Writers
  • ENG 368 American Literature: 1930 – Present
  • ENG 411 Major Author(s): August Wilson: African American Life in the 20th Century
  • ENG 415 Topics in Literature and Ethics
  • ENG 416 Topics in Literature and Ethics

Department of History Approved Cognates

Active Approved Cognates include:

  • HIS 305 (also LAS 306) History of the Modern Caribbean
  • HIS 314 Precolonial Africa
  • HIS 315 Colonial and Postcolonial Africa
  • HIS 316 South African History, 1497 to the Present
  • HIS 373 Democracy and Slavery in The New Nation
  • HIS 374 History of the American West
  • HIS 376 The American Civil War and Reconstruction
  • HIS 377 Gilded Age and Progressive-Era United States, 1877 – 1920
  • HIS 381 The United States South, 1865 to the Present
  • HIS 383 The United States Since 1920
  • HIS 389 American Cultural History Since 1876

Department of Music Approved Cognates

Active Approved Cognates include:

  • MUS 250 (also ANT 250) World Music Cultures
  • MUS 258 (also AFS 258) Music of Africa
  • MUS 260 Music in the United States
  • MUS 264 Urban Blues and the Golden Age of Rock
  • MUS 265 History of Popular Music: Rock, R&B, and Hip-Hop
  • MUS 311 Jazz Theory through Improvisation and Composition I
  • MUS 312 Jazz Theory through Improvisation and Composition II
  • MUS 352 (also AMS 342) Music in the Antebellum America, 1800 – 1860

Department of Politics Approved Cognates

Active Approved Cognates include:

  • POL 220 American Politics
  • POL 316 Civil Liberties
  • POL 317 Discrimination and the Law
  • POL 321 American Political Thought
  • POL 366 Politics in Africa
  • POL 421 Seminar in American Politics: Racial Politics in the U.S.

Department of Spanish and Portuguese Approved Cognates

Active Approved Cognates include:

  • POR 301 (also LAS 303) Modern Brazilian Literature and Culture
  • POR 304 (also LAS 311) Topics in Brazilian Cultural and Social History: Music and the Atlantic World

Department of Psychology Approved Cognates

Active Approved Cognates include:

  • PSY 212 (also CHV 212) The Psychology of Moral Behavior
  • PSY 252 Social Psychology
  • PSY 307 Educational Psychology
  • PSY 313 Interpersonal Perception

Department of Religion Approved Cognates

Active Approved Cognates include:

  • REL 236 (also NES 236) Introduction to Islam
  • REL 258 Religion in American Society
  • REL 319 Religious Encounters in the Colonial Atlantic World
  • REL 328 (also GSS 328) Women and Gender in Islamic Societies
  • REL 358 Religion in American Culture Since 1830
  • REL 360 (also GSS 360) Women and American Religion
  • REL 366 (also CHV 366) Merton & King

Department of Sociology Approved Cognates

Active Approved Cognates include:

  • SOC 201 American Society and Politics
  • SOC 210 (also LAS 210/URB 210/LAO 210) Urban Sociology: The City and Social Change in the Americas
  • SOC 216 The Ghetto
  • SOC 227 Race and Ethnicity
  • SOC 345 Money, Work and Social Life
  • SOC 359 Higher Education and Society
  • SOC 361 (also GSS) Culture, Power, and Inequality

Woodrow Wilson School Approved Cognates

Active Approved Cognates include:

  • WWS 370 (also POL 308/CHV 301) Ethics ad Public Policy