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Bachelor of Arts in African American and African Diaspora Studies and English (AAADENGBA)Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies

Students on Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 requirements.

Description

The Interdepartmental Bachelor of Arts in African American and African Diaspora Studies and English enables students to study historical, cultural, and social connections among Africans, African Americans, and other New World Black communities. In pursuing this major, students study poetry, fiction, and prose—theory, philosophy, and political writings—while exploring the shifting significance of race.

Major requirements

The major requires at least 40 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. African American and African Diaspora Studies Courses. 18 credit hours, of which at least 12 credit hours must be at the 300 level or above, from the list below:
    1. Introductory course. One (1) course from the .
      • Required for the major. The culture of blacks in America viewed from a broad interdisciplinary approach, employing resources from history, literature, folklore, religion, sociology, and political science. (3 credit hours.)
    2. African American History. One (1) course from the .
      • History of blacks in the United States. Slavery, abolitionism, Reconstruction, and post-Reconstruction to 1900. Credit given for only one of AAAD-A 355 or HIST-A 355. (3 credit hours.)
      • R: AAAD-A 355. 1900 to the present. Migration north, NAACP, Harlem Renaissance, postwar freedom movement. Credit given for only one of AAAD-A 356 or HIST-A 356. (3 credit hours.)
    3. African American Literature. One (1) course from the .
      • African American writing before World War II, with emphasis on critical reactions and analyses. Includes slave narratives, autobiographies, rhetoric, fiction, and poetry. (3 credit hours.)
      • R: AAAD-A 379. The black experience in America as it has been reflected since World War II in the works of outstanding African American writers: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. (3 credit hours.)
    4. Electives. Three (3) courses from the .
      • A survey of autobiographies written by black Americans in the last two centuries. The course emphasizes how the autobiographers combine the grace of art and the power of argument to urge the creation of genuine freedom in America. (3 credit hours.)
      • Images of blacks as reflected in American drama from 1767 to 1945. Selected dramas of both white and black playwrights, such as Isaac Bickerstaffe, William Wells Brown, Eugene O'Neill, and Richard Wright, who depicted blacks on the stage. Credit given for only one of AAAD-A 283 or AAAD-A 383. (3 credit hours.)
      • Images of blacks as reflected in American drama from 1945 to the present. Emphasis on the contributions of black playwrights such as Lorraine Hansberry, Langston Hughes, Imamu Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), Ted Shine, and Ed Bullins. (3 credit hours.)
      • An examination of black poetry from Dunbar to the present, emphasizing the emergence, growth, and development of black consciousness as a positive ethnic identification. (3 credit hours.)
      • R: AAAD-A 379 or AAAD-A 380. Analysis of the African American novel from the Harlem Renaissance to the present: genesis, development, and current trends. Emphasis on traditions arising out of the black experience and on critical perspectives developed by black critics and scholars. (3 credit hours.)
      • P: African American and African Diaspora Studies major; and senior standing. Lecture/discussions on African American studies as an interdisciplinary field of inquiry and scholarship. Students will develop individual or group projects that synthesize their experiences as majors by demonstrating the interrelated nature of the department's concentration areas. (3 credit hours.)
  2. English Courses. 18 credit hours, of which at least 12 credit hours must be at the 300 level or above, from the list below:
    1. Introductory course. One (1) course from the .
      • P: Completion of the English composition requirement. R: Completion within the first 9 credit hours of the major. Introduces four principles essential to advanced study of literature: attention to language and varieties of figurative language, analysis of generic forms and modes, awareness of historical context and mediation of forms, and facility with traditional and contemporary theories of literature. (3 credit hours.)
    2. Introductory Genre course. One (1) course from the .
      • (must be approved for CASE Intensive Writing) Acquaints students with characteristics of drama as a type of literature through the study of representative significant plays. Readings will include plays from several ages and countries. (3 credit hours.)
      • (must be approved for CASE Intensive Writing) Representative works of fiction; structural techniques in the novel. Novels and short stories from several ages and countries. (3 credit hours.)
      • (must be approved for CASE Intensive Writing) Kinds, conventions, and elements of poetry in a selection of poems from several historical periods. (3 credit hours.)
      • (must be approved for CASE Intensive Writing) Varieties of nonfictional prose, such as autobiography, biography, and the essay. Representative works from several periods and countries. (3 credit hours.)
    3. Literary history courses. Three (3) courses from the .
      • P: Completion of the English composition requirement. R: Completion within first 21 credit hours of major. A broad overview of the varied origins and functions of literature in Medieval and Early Modern cultures. Tells the story of the consolidation of English language and literature. (3 credit hours.)
      • P: Completion of the English composition requirement. R: Completion within first 21 credit hours of major. A broad overview of the development of British and American literature in the era of empire, industry, and revolution. Tells the story of the expansion of English language and literature. (3 credit hours.)
      • P: Completion of the English composition requirement. R: Completion within first 21 credit hours of major. A broad overview of the spread of global English in the wake of Anglo-American ascendancy and the subsequent rise of post-colonial/diasporic literatures. Tells the story of the global dissemination of English and Anglophone literature. (3 credit hours.)
    4. Critical Practices. One (1) course from the .
      • P: ENG-L 260 with grade of C- or higher. Study of and practice in using contemporary critical methodologies; can be focused on specific topics. (3 credit hours.)
  3. GPA, Minimum Grade, and Other Requirements. Each of the following:
    1. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    4. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. Exceptions to major requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Bachelor of Arts requirements

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires at least 120 credit hours, to include the following:

  1. College of Arts and Sciences Credit Hours. At least 100 credit hours must come from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines. No more than 62 of these credit hours can come from the major.
  2. Upper Division Courses. At least 42 credit hours (of the 120) must be at the 300–499 level.
  3. College Residency. Following completion of the 60th credit hour toward degree, at least 36 credit hours of College of Arts and Sciences coursework must be completed through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
  4. College GPA. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.000 is required for all courses taken at Indiana University.
  5. CASE Requirements. The following College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE) requirements must be completed:
    1. CASE Foundations
      1. English Composition: 1 course
      2. Mathematical Modeling: 1 course
    2. CASE Breadth of Inquiry
      1. Arts and Humanities: 4 courses
      2. Natural and Mathematical Sciences: 4 courses
      3. Social and Historical Studies: 4 courses
    3. CASE Culture Studies
      1. Diversity in the United States: 1 course
      2. Global Civilizations and Cultures: 1 course
    4. CASE Critical Approaches: 1 course
    5. CASE Foreign Language: Proficiency in a single foreign language through the second semester of the second year of college-level coursework
    6. CASE Intensive Writing: 1 course
    7. CASE Public Oral Communication: 1 course
  6. Major. Completion of the major as outlined in the Major Requirements section above.