Quote from student Jasmine Crenshaw: "Being a part of the African American Studies Program has taught me to think critically about how blackness is perceived and how to be satisfied with my own identity." African American Studies is a course of study that examines African life and culture, both on the African continent and in the US. Unlike most African American Studies programs in the humanities and social sciences, UAB's program lets you explore a much wider range of the African American experience in areas like medicine, nursing, public health, dentistry, business, and engineering. You will learn important skills like critical thinking, analytical reading, writing, quantitative literacy, and public speaking so that you are ready to critically engage, incorporate, and represent issues and perspectives regarding race and African Americans.

Students graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in African American Studies must complete all core curriculum courses required by UAB and 40 hours of required courses and electives.

Program Requirements

A complete list of program requirements, courses, and a proposed four-year program of study are available in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog.

Areas of Interest

Students are required to complete coursework in one of the three areas of emphasis:

  • Global Public Health and Social Justice: Students interested in Public Health, Criminal Justice, Legal Studies/Law School, Anthropology, or Political Science should consider this area of emphasis. Career options include criminal justice practitioner, community health worker, diversity training officer, and human resources employee, among others.
  • Historical Investigation and Cultural Awareness: This area is similar to the previous curriculum. Follow-up surveys of UAB graduates receiving degrees in African American Studies show that many students pursue advanced degrees in English, African American Studies, History, and Education. Several have taken positions in secondary education. At least two of the graduates pursued advanced degrees in African American Studies.
  • History & Culture of Afro-Caribbean and Latino People: Students selecting this area may choose to attend graduate school or select from a number of other careers including state and federal agencies, human services, or business.

Questions? Ready to Apply?

Contact the program director with any questions regarding the African American Studies major by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling (205) 975-9652.

All the information you need to apply can be found on UAB's Undergraduate Admissions Hub.