Major in African American Studies with Concentration in Public Policy

There are six segments of the AASP Concentration in Public Policy: foundation courses, research methods, a research practicum or lab, an analytic skills development segment, AASP upper-level policy elective courses, and a senior capstone with 3 options. All major requirements must be taken under the regular grading method and must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.

Every student must also complete their General Education requirements as well as 120 total credits to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in AASP-Public Policy. Please reference the following major card:

General Education AASP-Public Policy Major Card 

Overview of Program Requirements | 38 credits 

AASP Foundation Course Requirements | AASP100, AASP101, and AASP200 | 9 credits

  • All AASP-Public Policy majors will complete the following foundation course requirements:
    • AASP100: Introduction to African American Studies
    • AASP101: Public Policy and the Black Community
    • AASP200: African Civilization
  • Directly admitted freshman should complete the requirements within 30-60 credits at the university
  • Internal transfer students should successfully complete at least 1 or more of foundation requirements prior to applying to major

AASP Research Method Requirements | AASP210 and AASP395 | 6 credits

  • All AASP-Public Policy majors are required to complete AASP210: Intro to Research Design and Analysis in African American Studies before AASP395
  • AASP395: Fundamentals of Quantitative Research in Socio-Cultural Perspective
    • This course is designed to be a statistical analysis or quantitative course
  • The research methods segment should be completed between the sophomore and junior year (30-89 credits) or before choosing a senior capstone option

AASP Research Practicum | AASP399 | 2 credits

  • All majors are required to complete 2 credits of a research practicum or lab experience
  • Majors can begin this segment after freshman year and/or the successful completion of 2 foundation courses (AASP benchmarks)

Analytic Skills Development Requirements | ECON200, AASP301, and PLCY388 or PLCY401 | 9 credits

  • ECON200: Principles of Microeconomics
  • AASP301: Applied Policy Analysis and the Black Community
  • PLCY388: Special Topics in Public Policy course, or PLCY401: Contemporary Issues in Public Policy
    • Approved PLCY388 courses will be made available from the program advisor during the early registration period
  • Some requirements for AASP-Public Policy majors should be completed in the order of each segment or the following sequence:
    • AASP101 → AASP395 → ECON200 → AASP301

AASP Upper-Level Policy Courses | 9 credits

  • Students will select 3 AASP upper-level (300/400) policy courses of their choice
  • A list of approved courses will be made available from the program advisor during the early registration period

AASP Senior Capstone Options | 3-6 credits

  • As students approach the completion of 90 credits, they will meet with their academic advisor to discuss capstone options and get permissions/approvals if needed
  • Students will choose one option from 3 distinct senior capstone options 
    • AASP396: Senior Thesis (permissions required)
    • AASP401: Research Directions in African-American Studies
    • AASP468Y/AASP468Z - South Africa Study Abroad - 6 credits


Declare the AASP-Public Policy Major