The mission of the African and African American Studies Program is to mentor intellectual leaders, to develop emerging scholars, and to train global citizens who are able to explore the world from diverse perspectives in an ever increasingly global and interdisciplinary world. In our experiential liberal arts education model, students study culture, history, politics, and society as they relate to African and African-American studies to cultivate their thinking, reading, and writing skills through interdisciplinary class-based and experiential learning opportunities. Some of the major areas of interest and research of our faculty include the public humanities and public policy, critical race theory and empire/colonialism, criminal justice and carceral state, global public health and neglected tropical diseases, gender, sexuality, and women’s studies.
Through rigorous study, co-op, study abroad, Dialogue of Civilizations, and service-learning, students have an opportunity to acquire use-inspired knowledge and competencies that will equip them with endless possibilities to flexibly fit any profession and graduate studies they may pursue in the social sciences and humanities.
1 Foundational class “Intro to African/ African American Studies Program”
1 Humanities class
1 Social Sciences class
1 over 2000 level, not already taken
1 over 3000 level, not already taken
AFAM 1104 African American Experience Through Music
AFRS 1185 Gender in the African Diaspora
AFAM 1113 Black Popular Culture
AFAM 1225 Gender, Race, & Medicine
AFAM 1135 John Coltrane and the History of Jazz in the U.S.
AFRS 1270 Introduction to Global Health
AFAM 2296 Early African American Literature
AFRS 2370 Africa Today
AFAM 2350 History of Blacks in the Media and the Press
AFAM 2334 Contemporary Black Politics
AFAM 2455 American Women Writers & Race
AFAM 2339 Black Community and Social Change
AFAM 3663 The African American Novel
AFRS 2465 Scope and Dynamics of Conflicts in Africa
AFRS 3410 Religion & Spirituality in the African Diaspora
AFRS 3424 Epidemiology of Pandemic Diseases & Health Disparities in the African Diaspora