In order to declare African American Studies as your major you must:
- 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.
- 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
- Students then attend the Academic Planning Workshop online at bsosworkshops.umd.edu
- 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