African/African American Studies (AAAS)

The program in African/African American Studies is an interdisciplinary course of study in the rich history and culture of Africa and the descendants of Africa in America. Working across disciplines and departments, the program will integrate courses from Art History, English, Government, History, Philosophy, Religion, Sociology, and Theatre, and will culminate in an independent capstone project.

The program in African/African American Studies is not a major. Courses applied toward requirements for African/African American Studies also may be counted for other programs, majors, or minors.  Successful completion of the program will be noted on the transcript and on the program for commencement exercises.


Jim Neighbors


Kenneth J. Banks

Rhiannon Leebrick
Kimberly A. Rostan
Jessica Scott-Felder

Program Requirements

Select one theory course3
African American Literature
Race, Gender, and Empire
History of Slavery and Slave Societies
Race and Ethnicity
Select four of the following, with not more than two, including the theory course, from the same department:12
African Art: Gender, Power & Life-Cycle Ritual
African American Art
African American Literature
Black Arts Movement
Race, Gender, and Empire
African Literature
African American Drama
Literature & Human Rights
Southern Politics
African American Politics
History of the Peoples of Sub-Saharan Africa
History of Slavery and Slave Societies
History of the American South to the Civil War
History of the American South since the Civil War
African-American History to 1865
African-Am History since 1865
African Politics
African Philosophy
Religion in the American South
Race and Ethnicity
African American Drama
Senior Capstone Project3
Capstone Project: African/African American Studies
Total Hours18

Special topics courses offered at the 480- or 490-level through the departments of Art History, English, Government & International Affairs, History, Philosophy, Religion, Sociology & Anthropology and Theatre may apply to the program with prior approval by the Coordinator.

AAAS 448. Capstone Project: African/African American Studies. 3 Hours.

Designed by the student, the Capstone Project combines an understanding of African/African American theory with interdisciplinary study in two disciplines of the student's choice. Often the project will take the form of a traditional research paper (20-30 pages), but works of fiction or drama, field studies, multi-media presentations, or other formats are acceptable, subject to the coordinators' approval. Projects other than research papers must be accompanied by a bibliography of sources and a 5-10 page statement explaining goals, results, and research methods. Students will defend their final project before a committee of three faculty members, consisting normally of two teaching courses in the African/African American Studies program and one outside reader; these defenses will be open to the Wofford community. Permission of the coordinator is required.