The African American Studies Department in the College of Arts and Sciences offers
a Bachelor of Arts degree and a minor in African- American Studies. It has as the
center of its mission the goal of empowering students by expanding their African and
African-American cultural knowledge base.
The African and Black intellectual heritage is used as the primary vehicle for contextualizing
each student's learning experience. Black cultural and intellectual contributions
to the development of global civilization are also key components of the pedagogical
objectives of the department. Interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary in its course
offerings and in the focus of individual courses, the African-American Studies Department
aims to educate students to function positively in a pluralistic world community with
the understanding that the effectiveness of diversity and plurality is totally dependent
upon each individuals self-esteem, self-confidence and self-knowledge.
The rigor and interdisciplinary nature of the department’s requirements prepare students
for careers in law, education, criminal justice, international affairs, business,
publishing, journalism as well as graduate programs in various liberal arts disciplines
and career-track internships with various hotel chains and nationally known retail
stores. The curriculum is structured so that students can pursue a double major in
a reasonable amount of time.
Note: All 1000- and 2000-level African American
Studies count for general education Social
Note: The department’s assessment plan can
be found in the departmental office.