In order to declare African American Studies as your major you must:

 

  1. Review AASP major requirements: See the Major Requirements here to select which curriculum track (non-concentration or Public Policy Concentration) you will pursue. Make sure to pay special attention to the requirements for each track to determine which best fits your goals.

 

  1. Students must meet with the department’s Academic Advisor: Schedule an appointment for a brief overview of the department and program requirements, and obtain the change/addition of major form with appropriate signatures and stamps.
    • AASD Academic Advisor: Marshal F. Washington, lahsram9 [at] umd.edu
    • Schedule a virtual “orientation” appointment here 

 

  1. Students then attend the Academic Planning Workshop online at bsosworkshops.umd.edu 

 

  1. Submit completed forms: Students will submit the change/addition of major form with a completed academic-plan online to bsosmajorchange [at] umd.edu 

 

For more details or to declare a certificate and/or minor program in African American Studies see below:

 


 

  • Major change or addition of second major may take approximately 15 - 20 business days to process
  • Students on academic probation/dismissal and certain designated student populations (i.e. student-athletes, AAP, Freshmen Connection, etc.) will be required to schedule an appointment with an advisor in the BSOS Feller Center for Advising & Career Planning to process their major change
  • For students wishing to add AASD as a second major, university policy requires that a student have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in order to declare a double major or double degree in African American Studies. If you have any questions regarding this policy please contact the AASD advisor
  • Students may be contacted directly from the BSOS Feller Center when their major has been updated in the Student Information System (SIS) or if there is a problem with their academic plan (also referred to as a 4-year graduation plan)
  • Students wishing to avoid a delay in registration should initiate a change/addition of major well in advance of their registration date for the next semester
  • Please note, that the BSOS Feller Center nor the Department of African American Studies can lift registration blocks imposed by a student's current major
  • Some permissions will not be granted for courses restricted to AASD majors until after an academic plan has been approved by BSOS Feller Center