African and African American Studies Concentration

Catalog Year: 2023-2024

Banner Code: LA-BA-INTS-AAMS

The Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Studies brings together research, theory and practice across numerous disciplines. Integrative studies majors select a multidisciplinary concentration or work with student services staff to develop their own concentration, uniquely suited to their academic and career goals. Integrative studies majors explore new topics and experiences while gaining the knowledge and skills needed to enter the workforce.  Required coursework is offered in small classes with ample room for discussion, collaborative learning, and experiential learning, including in-community projects, volunteer opportunities, field work, internships and work with faculty on research that directly engages current social and global challenges.

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Degree Requirements

Total credits: minimum 120

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Students pursuing a BA in Integrative Studies must complete a minimum of 30 credits of (INTS) coursework, with at least 15 credits at the 300 and 400 levels.

Integrative studies students complete INTS 391 Understanding Integrative Studies and INTS 491 Senior Capstone and choose a concentration from the options below. Before registering, students should see an advisor to help plan their degree program to meet Mason requirements. The advisor also can help students choose electives or a minor.

Required Course

INTS 391 Understanding Integrative Studies 1
INTS 491 Senior Capstone 3
Total Credits 4

Concentration in the Major

A concentration is the equivalent of a major in a traditional degree program. Concentration coursework combines integrative studies (INTS) classes with coursework from other Mason units (departments, schools, and colleges). While fulfilling the concentration requirements, students are also responsible for completing a minimum of 30 credits of INTS coursework. Any INTS courses required for the concentration will apply. Students must present a minimum GPA of 2.00 in courses applied to the concentration.

Concentration in African and African American Studies (AAMS)

Required Course  
AFAM 200 Introduction to African American Studies (Mason Core) 3
African Studies  
Select 2 courses from the following: 6
Black and Minority Cultures in Arabic Literature  
Survey of African Art (Mason Core)  
Global Dance Perspectives I (Mason Core) (when topic is World Dance: Africa)  
African Economic Development (Mason Core)  
Geography of North Africa and the Middle East  
Survey of African History (Mason Core)  
Survey of African History (Mason Core)  
History of South Africa (Mason Core)  
Religions of Africa (Mason Core) (Race and Ethnicity)  
Race and Ethnicity  
Select two courses from the following: 6
Scientific Racism and Human Variation  
Gender, Race, and Class in the Media  
Gender, Race, Sexuality, and TV
Politics of Race and Gender  
Critical Race Studies (Mason Core)  
Representations of Race (Mason Core)  
Introduction to Race and Ethnicity  
Race and Ethnicity in a Changing World (Mason Core)  
Social Justice  
Select two courses from the following: 6
Black Social Movements  
Women's Activism: From Jim Crow to Black Power  
Social Justice and Human Rights (Mason Core)  
Social Justice Narratives (Mason Core)  
Social Justice Education (Mason Core)  
Policing Black Bodies  
Policing Black Bodies
Social Movements and Political Protest  
Black Social Movements: Gendering of Violence and Activism  
Women's Activism: From Jim Crow to Black Power  
Select three courses from the following: 9
Special Topics in African and African American Studies  
Beginnings of African American Literature Through 1865  
African American Literature: Reconstruction to 1903  
African American Literature Through 1946  
Contemporary African American Literature  
Topics: American Literary Periods (when topic is 20th/21st Century African American LGBTQ Literature)  
Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa  
The African American Experience in the United States: African Background to 1885  
The African American Experience in the United States: Reconstruction to the Present  
Genealogy of Black Feminist Thought  
The Urban World (Mason Core)  
Women During the Enslavement Era  
Any course listed above not used to meet category requirement
Other relevant courses with advisor approval
Total Credits 30

Additional Electives

Any remaining credits may be completed with electives to bring the degree total to 120.