Graduation with Distinction: African & African-American Studies (AAAS)

Procedure for selection of students
Students wishing to graduate with distinction in AAAS must submit an application form (attached below) by April 15 of the junior year. Applications should include a 1-2 page description of the proposed project and a letter of recommendation from the faculty member directing the project. Students must have an overall GPA of 3.3 and a GPA of 3.5 in the major.

Expected product
A senior thesis that makes an original contribution to the field of African or African-American Studies is required. Completed projects are due by April 15. The thesis should be a minimum of 60 pages. The requirements for other forms of submission (e.g., video, photographic) will be determined in consultation with the student, advisor, and program director. All students are expected to engage in archival and/or field research.

Evaluative body
The candidate will offer an oral defense of the senior project before a faculty committee consisting of the project advisor, the program director, and one other faculty member.

Evaluative procedure
The student’s advisor is responsible for overseeing the progress of the project. An oral defense of the senior project is required.

Levels of distinction
Distinction, High Distinction, and Highest Distinction.

Special courses, other activities required, comments
In the senior year, the capstone seminar or an alternative senior level seminar in the program is to be taken. Students in the distinction program must enroll in AAAS 495 in the Fall and AAAS 496 in the Spring.

Graduation with Distinction

Students who demonstrate excellence in their major area of study may qualify for admission to the department’s or programs honors program. By successfully completing a senior honors thesis/project, the candidate will graduate with distinction in the major. Each academic department and program offering a major, as well as Program II, has established procedures and standards for determining Graduation with Distinction.