Distinguished Majors Program in African American and African Studies



The Distinguished Majors Program in African American and African Studies affords qualified students the opportunity to do advanced research, and to receive, at graduation, the honor of “Distinction” or “High Distinction.” Third-year students with a superior academic record are encouraged to apply.


Entry into the DMP Program

DMP Application (pdf)

1. Third-year students are eligible to apply if they have achieved an average of 3.40 in all coursework prior to application for the program.

2. The applicant must obtain the agreement of a thesis supervisor. The supervisor can be any faculty member who offers courses that count toward the AAS major. The thesis supervisor must agree to direct the thesis research in the fall and spring semesters of the applicant’s fourth year.

3. The applicant must obtain another faculty member’s agreement to serve as second reader. The second reader must be a fulltime academic or general faculty member who teaches courses at UVa.

4. Application should be made to the Director of the Undergraduate Program (DUP) by filling out the application form and submitting a one-page proposal, plus a list of five-to-ten relevant sources.

5. Application should be made to the DUP by April 8. Admission is decided by the AAS Curriculum Committee.

DMP Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs) (pdf)

Requirements for completion of the Distinguished Majors Program

1. Satisfaction of all College requirements as stated in the Undergraduate Record with an overall GPA of at least 3.40.

2. Fulfillment of the distribution requirements for the normal AAS major.

3. Like the AAS major, the DMP comprises a minimum of 29 credits. DMP participants must complete at least six credits of course work at or above the 4000-level, in addition to the six credits specific to preparation of the thesis, outlined in #4, below.

4. Participants register for 3 credits of AAS 4070 (Directed Research) in the first semester. In the second semester, students register for AAS 4080 (Thesis).

5. It is the responsibility of the student to meet regularly with his/her thesis supervisor.

6. Participants must attend five workshops led by the DUP over the course of the year. Prior to each workshop, students will circulate electronic versions of their drafts and prepare feedback on one another’s work. The student must submit copies of all work presented in the workshops to the thesis supervisor.

7. In addition to the five DMP workshops, every participant must attend, and actively participate in, at least one of the Woodson Fellows’ workshops.

8. The student will submit a thesis of approximately 40 pages in length to the thesis supervisor and second reader no later than the last day of spring semester classes for Spring graduation. The deadline for students graduating in August is May 20, and November 20 for students graduating in December.





“The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.”