African American Studies
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- Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies
- Certificate in African American Studies
Overview: African American Studies is a study of the racial, cultural and ethnic perspectives and experiences of people of African heritage. The program of study enables students to understand national and world views of African American and African-world people in order to determine how such views have affected perceptions of self, family and community.
Curriculum: The African American Studies major and certificate programs are both interdisciplinary. Many of the courses offered are cross-listed with other academic departments and when taken for the African American studies requirements may also fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences core requirements. The variety of courses across academic disciplines enables students to develop new ways of conceptualizing issues related to race and culture.
A total of 30 hours are required to complete the major in African American Studies. Students complete five core courses (15 hours) designed to introduce them to the goals of the African American Studies program and help them develop a further understanding of the African Diaspora and its impact, interrelationships and dynamics in contemporary African American communities. The remaining 15 elective hours can be selected from African American Studies courses and courses originating in and offered by other academic units that are cross listed with African American Studies.
African American Studies also offers a 21-hour certificate similar to a minor. The requirements for a certificate consist of seven courses:
- AAM200 - Intro to African American Studies
- AAM201 - Contemporary Black America
- AAM - 300 or 400 level
- 3 courses from African American Studies or cross listed courses
- AAM496 - Capstone course (taken during the term preceding graduation)
Faculty: The faculty of African American Studies holds appointments in a variety of fields, affording students the opportunity to learn from mentors who come from a wide range of academic backgrounds.
African American Studies is an institutional member of the National Council of Black Studies, Inc. (NCBS).
Internships: African American Studies also offers special academic opportunities such as internships and field service projects in African American communities for students who are looking for challenges outside of the classroom.
Careers: Both the major and the certificate program give students the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the pluralistic society in which they live. Students will be prepared to work in careers that design and implement programs and policy for and on behalf of African Americans. Career options include: advertising agent, business manager, college professor, community planner, community relations, copy editor, creative writer, health administrator, journalist, lawyer, linguist, psychologist, sociologist, just to name a few.