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Black Diaspora and African American Studies Major

The Black Diaspora and African American Studies major is an interdisciplinary program of study.  Students will be able to design their individual programs under of three different program concentrations. 

Students with a major in BDAAS will be better equipped to design and implement ethical research that takes into account the legacies of research on racially and socially oppressed groups. Students will also understand the complexities of conducting research, designing representations of communities, and meeting the needs of racially and social marginalized families, in ways that embrace the intersectional, multifaceted, social, and political nature of the human experience.

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Students can declare the major beginning in Fall 2022!

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Requirements

The Black Diaspora and African American Studies major requires 52 units of study to complete the program. The Bachelor of Arts degree includes:

• One 4-unit lower division core course;
• Four 4-unit upper division core courses;
• Six 4-unit upper division courses in a concentration;
• One 4-unit upper division course focused on human research methods;
• One additional 4-unit upper-division course, which can include group and/or independent study.

 

Concentrations

Students will be able to design their individual programs under the guidelines of three different program concentrations. 

CONCENTRATIONS: 

  • A: Africa and/or Black Diaspora Studies. Students will select a disciplinary focus and take at least five upper division discipline-specific courses in one department.
  • B: African American Studies. Students will select a disciplinary focus and take at least five upper division discipline-specific courses in one department.
  • C: Interdisciplinary Study. Students will design a major focus across a selected intersectional topic or issue that is covered across two or three departments. Students will take six upper division courses across two or three UCSD departments.