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2017-2018 University Catalog 
2017-2018 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

African American Studies, Department of

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Department Co-Chairs

Stan Breckenridge
Zakyi Ibrahim

Department Office/Website

Humanities 314


Stan Breckenridge, Siobhan Brooks, Natalie Graham, Tyler D. Parry


African American Studies, an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the black experience, is an Option within the Ethnic Studies degree program. African American Studies fosters an understanding of and appreciation for the rich traditions of the African diaspora, advances interdisciplinary knowledge of African American history and culture, and helps students develop critical awareness of the status of peoples of African descent in our inter-connected global society. Students who take African American Studies courses will learn about the ways that people of African descent have created dynamic cultural forms, forged communities and fought for freedom within and outside the United States. They will gain an understanding of the varied inter- and intra-racial dynamics that affect black communities in the United States and abroad. And, they will apply this knowledge to forms of community, cultural, professional or civic engagement.

Students who pursue the African American Studies Option of the Ethnic Studies major, or choose to minor in African American Studies, go on to pursue graduate degrees in the humanities, social sciences and sciences. Our graduates make career choices that reflect a commitment to leadership and community development. These areas include law, medicine, civil service, education and a number of other professional occupations.

Degree Description

Students who major or minor in African American Studies will receive a well-rounded, interdisciplinary education and go on to have successful careers in a variety of professions. The degree prepares its alumni for both graduate study, and careers in a variety of professional fields, such as education, law, business, social work and more.

Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Programs and Courses Offered


    Bachelor of ArtsNon-Degree


      African American Studies

      Courses are designated as AFAM in the class schedule.

      Ethnic Studies

      Courses are designated as ETHN in the class schedule.

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