Carlon Harris: "We stand upon the shoulders of our ancestors who have fought for equality and unity within America."The African American Studies Program invites you to apply to its Honors program. It has been designed to promote academic excellence; provide opportunity for our students to do extensive study and research in the discipline; and prepare academically talented majors to pursue graduate school or professional careers.


Students who wish to join the Honors program must satisfy the following eligibility requirements:
  • complete three required courses —
    • AAS 200: Introduction to African American Studies
    • AAS 325: Black Psychology
    • AAS 350: Research Methods in African American Studies
  • maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and a 3.0 GPA in African American Studies courses;
  • have a junior or senior level standing


To receive honors in African American Studies at graduation, students must enroll in a two-semester sequence of courses:

This class must be taken in the fall semester. Students will meet weekly in a classroom setting to discuss and formalize research topics. Additionally, there will be an overview of data collection and data analysis techniques and selection of a faculty mentor. At the end of the first semester, students will submit a detailed proposal of their honors project completed under the supervision of their faculty mentors and the seminar instructor. 3 hours.
This class must be taken in the spring semester. During this semester there will be no formal class. Students will work directly with their faculty mentor to complete the honors project and the written honors thesis of the project. Honors students will present their research as an oral or poster presentation at the UAB Undergraduate Student Expo. After completing the program and meeting all other requirements, the student will graduate with Honors in African American Studies. 3 hours.


Students interested in participating in the African American Honors Program should complete the application and return it along with a copy of the most recent transcript to Dr. Kay Morgan.


For additional information and/or admission to the African American Honors Program, please contact:
Dr. Kay Morgan, Program Director
322 Heritage Hall
(205) 975-9651 or 975-9652