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Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity:Academics

African-American Studies

African-American Studies has evolved into an important part of the American educational structure. Interdisciplinary in nature, it provides all students with the opportunity to research and comprehend the history, politics, and culture of African Americans. This interdisciplinary field of study is designed to give students a broader perspective on the current political, economic, and social interactions in American society.

The AAST curriculum is interdisciplinary in nature. The program introduces students to the interdisciplinary study of people of African descent in the United States and the African Diaspora. The curriculum at ODU draws from the disciplines of Art, Communication, Dance, English, Geology, History, Literature, Music, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Women Studies.


Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts – African-American and African Studies

The African-American and African Studies (AAST) program offers the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. The program is designed to give students an essential core of basic knowledge and analytical skills, while providing an opportunity to specialize in one of two emphasis areas: African-American Studies or African Studies.

Minor in African-American and African Studies

The Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity offers a variety of courses that satisfy the requirements for a minor in African-American studies. Interdisciplinary in nature, the African-American Studies minor provides an opportunity for students to investigate the history and culture of people of African descent as well as the current political, economic and social interaction among all members of society.

Related Programs

African American and African Studies Honors Certificate
African American and African Studies as a Second Major

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