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Student wearing glasses and a red headband, sitting on astairs and working on her laptop. The Honors Program in African American Studies (AAS) has been designed to:

  • promote academic excellence,
  • provide opportunity for majors to do extensive study and research in the discipline, and
  • prepare academically talented majors to pursue graduate school or professional careers.

Eligibility and Requirements

You must meet the following requirements to be considered for admission to the Honors Program:

  • completion of three required courses,
  • a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00,
  • a GPA of 3.00 in AAS courses, and
  • junior-senior level standing

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

Fall Semester: AAS 497

Students 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 semester, you will submit a detailed proposal of your honors project completed under the supervision of your faculty mentor and the seminar instructor. (3 hours)

Spring Semester: AAS 498

During this semester there will be no formal class. You will work directly with your faculty mentor to complete the honors project and the written honors thesis of the project. You will present your research as an oral or poster presentation at the UAB Undergraduate Student Expo. (3 hours).

After completing the program and meeting all other requirements, you will graduate with Honors in African American Studies.

How to Apply

If you are interested in participating, complete the docxAAS Honors Program application and return it — along with a copy of your most recent transcript — to Dr. Kay Morgan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) in the AAS Office, Heritage Hall Building Room 322.