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
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
Course requirements: AFAM399: Interdisciplinary Research Methods. 3 credit hours.
Phase III: To interpret black experiences across the African Diaspora
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
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.