The African and African American Studies program is an interdisciplinary one. It is a comprehensive examination of the diversity of the experiences of people of Africa and the Africans diasporas. The program promises to provide students with an enriched and diverse curriculum that will encourage them to have a cosmopolitan view of the world, develop and appreciation of the role and centrality of Africa and its descendants to the shaping of the modern world.
Students will explore the historical, social, cultural, political and economic realities of Africans, African Americans and people of African descent in the Caribbean and Latin America.
The main objective of the program is to provide students with a balanced and well-rounded view of the world.
While students doing any of the university’s majors are welcomed, the African and African American Studies minor is a formidable complement to liberal arts majors (Political Science, History, Sociology, English Literature and Economics) and all students who are considering careers in journalism, education, criminal justice, politics, law, business and diplomacy and many other fields of endeavor.
Students who minor in African and African –American Studies will take 21 credits or 7 courses. As explained below, 5 of these must come from the African American Studies program offerings and the remaining 2 courses can be selected from any of the departments/programs listed below.
Students are allowed to take 2 courses from the following list that will help to satisfy the requirements for the minor.
Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Music, Dance and Theatre
Sociology and Anthropology
Women and Gender Studies
We look forward to providing you with a world class social education that encompasses a broad appreciation of the social sciences and humanities.
Dr. Jermaine McCalpin, Chair
George Karnoutsos Arts & Sciences Hall
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