AAS Agreements

The Department of African American Studies participates in ‘AAS Agreements’ with several departments. Currently, the agreements extend to the Department of English, the Department of History, the Department of Religion and the Department of Sociology. The AAS Agreements make it possible for students to complete major requirements in the aforementioned departments while also completing coursework for the African American Studies certificate.

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Department of English Agreement


Many English majors choose to complement their degree in English with a certificate in African American Studies, and the English Department works closely with the Department of African American Studies to facilitate the combination. The simplest route is to take three English courses that are cross-listed with AAS.  Many of these courses also fulfill English Department distribution requirements (including Diasporas, Theory and Criticism, and Modernity).

Active cross-listed courses* include:

  • AAS 212/ENG 212 What’s So Funny? Forms of African American Humor
  • AAS 223/ENG 326 Literature, Food, and the American Racial Diet
  • AAS 225/ENG 225 Introduction to Asian American Studies: Too Cute and the New Asiamania
  • AAS 230/ENG 231 Topics in African American Studies
  • AAS 242/ENG 242 Other Futures: An Introduction to Modern Caribbean Literature
  • ENG 319/AAS 319 What Was African American Literature: Reading Black Letters in the 21st Century
  • AAS 320/ENG 363 Islands In The Sun: Caribbean Literature
  • AAS 324/ENG 383 Race, Sex, and the Marriage Plot in American Film Comedies
  • AAS 325/ENG 393 African-American Autobiography
  • AAS 327/ENG 379 Masters of the 20th Century: Lorraine Hansberry
  • AAS 329/ENG 415 Chinatown USA
  • AAS 339/ENG 339 Josephine Baker and the Modern
  • AAS 340/ENG 391 Shades of Passing
  • AAS 345/ENG 358 Sonic Fugitives: The Soundscapes of the African-American Literary Tradition
  • AAS 353/ENG 352 African American Literature: Origins to 1910
  • AAS 365/ENG 394 Migration and the Literary Imagination
  • AAS 392/ENG 392 Topics in African American Literature
  • ENG 354/AAS 354 Slavery, Freedom, and the Archive
  • AAS 360/ENG 387 Afro-Asian Masculinities
  • AAS 359/ENG 366 African American Literature: Harlem Renaissance to the Present
  • ENG 397/AAS 397 New Diasporas: African and Caribbean Writers in Europe and North America
  • AAS 481/ENG 429 The African American Atlantic: Modernity and the Black Experience

* Not all active courses are offered every year

You would then only need to take two additional courses, AAS 201 and one course in either the AAS Race and Public Policy, or the Global Race and Ethnicity sub-field, to graduate with a certificate in African American Studies. One of these two additional courses can usually be counted as a cognate in English, with the approval of the departmental representative. The certificate can readily be combined with the American Literature and Culture track in English.

 


Department of History Agreement


A student majoring in history may combine their concentration with a certificate in African American Studies.  The most direct route is for a student in the concentration in U.S. History to take three courses in African American Studies that are already offered in the History Department (the minimum number of recommended courses for most concentrations for students in history).

Active cross-listed courses* include:

  • AAS 330/HIS 455 Black Metropolis: African American Urban History
  • HIS 393/AAS 364 Race, Drugs, and Drug Policy in America
  • AAS 366/HIS 386 African American History to 1863
  • AAS 367/HIS 387 African American History from Reconstruction to the Present
  • HIS 390/AAS 394 African American Women’s History
  • HIS 402/AAS 402 Princeton and Slavery
  • HIS 456/AAS 456 History of New Orleans: Invention & Reinvention in an American City
  • HIS 485/AAS 409 History of African American Families
  • HIS 486/AAS 355 African American Women’s History
  • AAS 426/HIS 426 Memory, History, and the African Diaspora
  • HIS 456/AAS 456 History of New Orleans
  • AAS 477/HIS 477 The Civil Rights Movement
  • HIS 442/AMS 342 Race, Racism and Politics in Twentieth-Century America
  • HIS 270/AMS 370 Asian American History
  • HIS 306/LAO 306 Latino History
  • HIS 314 Precolonial Africa
  • HIS 315 Colonial and Postcolonial Africa
  • HIS 316 South African History, 1497 to the Present
  • HIS 376 The American Civil War and Reconstruction
  • HIS 431/ENG 433 Comparative Environmental History

* Not all active courses are offered every year

A student would then only need to take two additional courses, one course either in our Race and Public Policy, or in our Global Race and Ethnicity sub-field, and AAS 201 in order to graduate with a certificate in African American Studies.

 


Department of Religion Agreement


A student majoring in Religion may fulfill the requirements for the Certificate in African American Studies by completing three courses in African American Studies that are offered by Religion Department faculty and cross listed with AAS.

Active cross-listed courses* include:

  • REL 256/AAS 256 African American Religious History
  • REL 310/AAS 304 Introduction to Global Pentecostalism
  • AAS 305/REL 391 The History of Black Gospel Music
  • AAS 318/REL 318 Black Women and Spiritual Narrative
  • AAS 321/REL 321 Black Power and its Theology of Liberation
  • AAS 332/REL 332 The Nation of Islam in America
  • ANT 389/REL 333/AAS 333 Religion and Culture: Muslims in America
  • REL 367/AAS 346 The American Jeremiad and Social Criticism in the United States
  • AAS 358/REL 379 Sexuality and Religion in America
  • AAS 365/REL 362 Migration and the Literary Imagination
  • AAS 368/REL 368 Topics in African American Religion
  • REL 372/AAS 382 Race, Religion, and the Harlem Renaissance
  • REL 377/AAS 376 Race and Religion in America

In addition, there are a few Religion courses that would count as cognates for the certificate:

  • REL 258 Religion in American Society
  • REL 328/GSS 328 Women and Gender in Islamic Societies
  • REL 360/GSS 360 Women and American Religion

In addition to AAS 201, a student would then only need to take one additional course either in the Race and Public Policy, or in the Global Race and Ethnicity sub-field in order to graduate with a certificate in African American Studies.  One of those two additional courses would count as a cognate course for the major in Religion.

* Not all active courses are offered every year

 


Department of Sociology Agreement


Many Sociology majors choose to join their degree in Sociology with a certificate in African American Studies, and the Sociology Department works closely with the Center for African American Studies to facilitate the combination. The simplest route is to take three Sociology courses that are cross-listed with AAS.

Active cross-listed courses* include:

  • AAS/SOC 202 Introductory Research Methods in African American Studies
  • SOC 221/AAS 221 Inequality: Class, Race and Gender
  • AAS 235/SOC 236 Race Is Socially Constructed: Now, What?
  • AAS 301/SOC 367 Black to the Future: Science, Fiction, and Society
  • AAS 302/SOC 303/GSS 340 Political Bodies: The Social Anatomy of Power & Difference
  • SOC 315/AAS 315/LAS 316 Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism
  • WWS 317/SOC 312/AAS 317 Race and Public Policy
  • AAS 350/SOC 362 Rats, Riots and Revolution: Housing in the Metropolitan United States

In addition, there are a number of Sociology courses that would count as cognates for the certificate:

  • SOC 201 American Society and Politics
  • SOC 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 354 Contemporary Issues in African Societies
  • SOC 359 Higher Education and Society
  • SOC 361 Culture, Power, and Inequality

You would then only need to take two additional courses, AAS 201 and one course in either the AAS Race and Public Policy, or the AAS Global Race and Ethnicity sub-field, to graduate with a certificate in African American Studies.   One of these two additional courses can usually be counted as a cognate in Sociology, with the approval of the departmental representative.  In addition, students may apply to have a second cognate approved if it is taught by a faculty member from the Sociology Department, or the course content is mainly written by sociologists.

* Not all active courses are offered every year

 

For additional information on the Certificate in African American Studies for Sociology majors:

http://www.princeton.edu/sociology/undergraduate-program/certificate-in-african-am/

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