Why Major in AADS?

AADS is committed to offering its majors an academically challenging curriculum based on the strong foundation of a liberal arts education. The AADS Major prepares students for leadership, teaching, and community engagement, and it is an excellent foundation for graduate and professional study.

Why Major in African American
& African Diaspora Studies?

The AADS Program at UNCG includes course offerings from eleven different departments and programs, including Art, Anthropology, Dance, English, History, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Sociology, and Women’s & Gender Studies, in addition to its own AADS classes. The innovative curriculum offers courses that provide critical study on contemporary issues, such as hip hop culture, race studies, and pop culture. 

AADS majors gain extensive insight into the diversity of Black cultures and history and thorough exposure to a wide range of perspectives on race and ethnicity, areas of knowledge which are unquestionably important elements in today’s world. Majors graduate with a solid understanding of the experiences and contributions of peoples of African descent in the Americas and in the Indian Ocean World. AADS majors are prepared for leadership and employment in a range of fields. 

African American Studies can fit into almost any plan for future graduate study. The majority of law, medical, and graduate school degree programs do not restrict their prospective students to a particular undergraduate degree, although some may require or recommend a specific list of undergraduate courses as prerequisites to admission. In fact, almost half of today’s medical students are non-science majors, and law schools rarely require any specific undergraduate courses. 

AADS majors should seek early advising from the AADS director of undergraduate studies and embark on the pursuit of relevant courses to their career and graduate and professional school interests. Learn more about graduate and law school options by visiting the AADS Career Preparation page. Majors should also visit Career Services to prepare for career placement. 

The AADS Program has great courses, award-winning teachers, an inclusive community of students, and is an excellent knowledge and skills-based foundation for a satisfying career, whether you choose law, medical, or graduate school or head directly into the working world. Check out what some of our recent alums are doing now!

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Learning Goals

Program History

1982-83Black Studies offered as a “student-designed” minor
1986First offering of Black Studies courses: BKS 100: Blacks in America and BKS 110: Blacks in American Society: Social, Economic and Political Perspectives
1990-91Black Studies introduced three experimental courses: BKS 200: Afro-American Art History, BKS 210: Afro-American Literature and Liberation, and BKS 220: Portrayal of Afro-Americans in Art and Film
1991-92Additions made to core curriculum in African American Studies: BKS 200 approved as a core program course and BKS 493 as an Honors course
1992-93Black Studies renamed African American Studies
Fall 2002Began to offer bachelor’s degree in African American Studies
Fall 2014African American Studies renamed African American and African Diaspora Studies

  • Dr. Lee Bernick
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Dr. Noelle Morrissette

Director of AADS & Professor of English


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