The African American Studies Program explores the history, art and culture of Americans of African descent. The broad liberal arts perspective of African American Studies prepares students for careers in education, journalism, law, politics, psychology, city planning, archivist/curator, international relations, publishing, or social work.
Students in this program investigate the complex social structures and cultural traditions that Africans in the diaspora created. Throughout the program students develop critical analysis and communication skills vital for future success in a baccalaureate program or employment.
Graduates of the program will be able to:
- Articulate their place in human culture and the global society from a multidisciplinary perspective acquired through the study of the social sciences, humanities, history, natural sciences, mathematics, arts, and languages.
- Compare the history and cultures of African Americans with the history and cultures of global African diasporic communities.
- Appraise the African developments of the African American experience in the Americas.
- Gather, analyze, and synthesize relevant information from various sources and contexts and apply it to issues related to the African diaspora in writing using proper citation.
Students must demonstrate Algebra I competency before taking courses in the major. Algebra I competency may be verified with a passing score on the College’s placement test or by completing the appropriate class. Students must also have a grade of “C” or better in one year of high school laboratory science.