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Certificate in African American Studies

Many Sociology concentrators choose to join their degree in Soc with a certificate in African American Studies, and the Sociology Department works closely with the Department of African American Studies to facilitate the combination. Beginning in the fall of 2010 the simplest route is to take three Sociology courses that are cross listed with AAS. You would then only need to take two additional courses, AAS 201 and one course in either the AAS Race and Public Policy track or the Global Race and Ethnicity track, to graduate with a certificate in African American Studies.  One of these two additional courses would usually be counted as a cognate in Sociology with the approval of the departmental representative, and students may apply to have a second cognate approved if it is taught by a soc faculty member or the course content is mainly written by sociologists.

At present, active cross-listed courses include:

SOC 221 / AAS 221 / WOM 221 Inequality: Class, Race and Gender
SOC 315 / AAS 315 / LAS 316 Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism
WWS 317 / SOC 312 / AAS 317 Race and Public Policy
SOC 407 / AAS 407 Race, Social Inequality and Education
SOC 562 / AAS 562 Race and Ethnicity

In addition, there are a number of Sociology courses that would count as cognates for the certificate:

SOC 203 Intro to Urban Studies
SOC 227 Race and Ethnicity
SOC 222 Sociology of Crime and Punishment
SOC 210 Urban Sociology: The City and Social Change

Michelle Robinson Obama ‘85 combined a concentration in Sociology with coursework in African American Studies.