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Interdepartmental Major in African American and African Diaspora Studies and Communication

The Departments of Communication and Minority Studies offer an interdepartmental major in African American and African Diaspora studies and communication that reflects an interdisciplinary and substantive field of study. An interdepartmental major in communication and African American and African Diaspora studies focuses the specialization of the study of the human communication process within the African American and African Diaspora experience. This focus enhances the application of principles, methods, and findings of communication studies in light of the history, culture, and theories of the African American and African Diaspora experience, including an Africana perspective. Students will integrate their communication studies emphasis (public and rhetorical communication, relational communication, media studies, or communication and culture) into the African American and African Diaspora studies major to create a systematic and coherent field of study.

Requirements

The chairpersons of the Departments of Minority Studies and Communication must jointly advise the interdepartmental major. Students must complete a total of 45 credit hours in the interdepartmental major.

Students must complete

  • African American and African Diaspora studies (18 cr.)
    • Select one of the following
      • AAAD-A 150 (3 cr.)
      • AAAD-A 151 (3 cr.)
    • Select one of the following
      • AAAD-A 355 (3 cr.)
      • AAAD-A 379 (3 cr.)
    • Select one of the following
      • AAAD-A 356 (3 cr.)
      • AAAD-A 370 (3 cr.)
      • AAAD-A 380 (3 cr.)
  • African American and African Diaspora studies electives (9 cr.)
    • 300 or 400 level
  • Communication (speech, communication, journalism, telecommunications) (27 cr.)
    • SPCH-S 121 (3 cr.)
    • SPCH-S 122 (3 cr.)
    • 300 or 400 level (12 cr.)
    • SPCH-S 400 (3 cr.) and / or AAAD-A 493 (3 cr.)
    • Courses cross-listed in both departments may be taken in either department, but students may not receive credit in both departments for the same course.
    • Students may not receive credit toward the major for both SPCH-S 424 and AAAD-A 398

Total (45 cr.)

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