The new major in African American Studies consists of four phases and endeavors to provide students with knowledge and skills to define black experiences (Phase I), to choose how those experiences are documented and measured (Phase II), to interpret and give meaning to those experiences (Phase III), and to determine the validity of those experiences (Phase IV). Each of the four phases is comprised of core and elective courses designed to provide undergraduate students with high quality academic and experiential learning experiences. Students must complete a total of 30 credit hours for the major.
Phase I: To define black experiences across the African Diaspora
We aim for each of our student majors to demonstrate knowledge of the major concepts, perspectives, and theories in Africana Studies. This knowledge includes an understanding of the intellectual origins and extant and emergent interdisciplinary scholarship that provide context, definition, and form to the collective experiences of African descent persons. Course requirements: AFAM111: Introduction to Africana Studies, AFAM211: Africana Political and Social Thought, AFAM311: African Diaspora Experiences. 9 credit hours.
Phase II: To document and measure black experiences across the African Diaspora
We aim for each of our student majors to demonstrate analytical skills that enable them to compare and contrast the utility of qualitative and quantitative approaches in Africana Studies, and critical thinking skills that allow them to assess the cultural, political, and social implications of such approaches when measuring the experiences of people across Africa and its Diaspora. Course requirements: AFAM399: Interdisciplinary Research Methods. 3 credit hours.
Phase III: To interpret black experiences across the African Diaspora
We aim for each of our student majors to demonstrate an awareness of the interpretive frameworks that give meaning to black experiences across the Diaspora. This awareness includes recognition of the intersectionality of artistic, cultural, and historical perspectives (Concentration A); political, religious, and societal perspectives (Concentration B); and social and behavioral perspectives (Concentration C). Couse requirements: Four courses in a concentration area or four courses from a single cooperating department with at least one course 300-level or above and one course cross-listed with African American Studies. 12 credit hours.
Phase IV: To affirm and validate black experiences across the African Diaspora
We aim for each of our student majors to demonstrate the ability to critically engage and to propose integrity-based solutions to novel problems that impact African descent persons and their communities. Course requirements: AFAM411: Applied Concepts in Africana Studies, AFAM499: Capstone Senior Seminar in Africana Studies. 6 credit hours.
See the Course Bulletin for a complete description of courses.