College of Arts & Sciences

the department of African American Studies


Program Overview

The African American Studies Department was established in 1969, and remains one of a few programs with departmental status in the state of Ohio. A centerpiece of that legacy is our shared vision and philosophy with the National Council for Black Studies, which is to promote academic excellence and social responsibility in the areas of teaching, research, and service. We are a department that is committed to producing persons, to use the language of Dr. Nathan Hare, who are capable of solving problems in American (and global) society.

The faculty believe in preparing and mentoring all students to successfully complete their academic goals and objectives. Our mission is to contribute to an inclusive intellectual environment at Ohio University by developing and delivering an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary curriculum that advances the University's general education goals.
Minor code: OR4903

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission
No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy
No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission
No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation
African American studies graduates are well-prepared to enter careers in social service, education, legal services and graduate school in multiple disciplines. Read More


Minor Hours Requirement
The African American studies minor requires a minimum of 19 hours.

Honors Program
The Department of African American Studies offers an Honors option for all majors with an overall GPA of 3.0 and a cumulative GPA of 3.5 in AAS courses. Qualified candidates may apply for the Honor Program in the fall semester of their junior year. Candidates admitted to the program must complete two 3-hour independent studies, listed below, with a thesis advisor and then write an honors thesis during their senior year. Students who complete the thesis will graduate with the designation of "Honors" on their degrees.