AAST 401:
senior seminar in
african american studies


Course Description


This Senior Seminar allows students to embark on their own interdisciplinary study of the African American experience. You will design and complete an individual research project using research approaches you have learned about as an African American Studies Major or Minor. Each student will be given the tools to creatively and successfully explore an issue central to the culture and communities of African Americans, past and present. This course is not organized around a specific topic, but is focused on student projects. In the past, students have conducted research on a wide range of topics: Gender and Soul Food; The Politics of Teaching of Black History in Chicago High Schools; Race and Aging in Assisted Living Facilities; Transracial Adoption;  Slave Marriage;  A Cultural History of the Mammy Figure.  Your research topic is limited only by your curiosity! Through weekly assignments, progress reports, and discussions, we will build a supportive and dynamic learning community.

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Cynthia Blair
Associate Professor of African American Studies & History

Contact Info

Office: 1231 UH

Curriculum Vitae


What Does African American American Studies Mean to You?

"The study of African American life, history, and culture embodies a commitment to explore and expose what it means to live black in the United States, and engages us in a complex analysis of past and present struggles for freedom.  African American Studies offers a necessary corrective to imposed silences about race, gender, and sexuality in American society.  For me, it provides a critical perspective on America's past and present and is the basis for a far-reaching vision of social justice, locally and globally."--Cynthia Blair

Course Information

3 hours. Prerequisite(s): AAST 206 and junior standing or above or consent of the instructor.

Requirements Met

Requirement for major

When is it Offered?

Spring Semester