About this Degree
As corporate and non-profit organizations diversity initiatives continue to expand nationally and globally, knowledge of the impact of cultures in contact becomes indispensable. A variety of companies, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations seek to create cultures of inclusion. Many are using their initiatives to reach the increasingly diverse marketplaces and audiences they serve, as well as to respond to an increasingly varied network of vendors and collaborators who demand that knowledge of how cultures interact be an integral part of their missions. The theory and subject matter of African American studies allows students to leverage a broad variety of skills into rewarding careers. A BA in the history, politics, and cultures of African Americans provides knowledge of global diasporas, issues of social justice, and contemporary innovations in art and culture.
What you will learn
An African American studies BA prepares individuals for careers in journalism, public relations, the public policy and health sectors, and anywhere investigative skills and working with diverse groups are necessities. In addition to taking courses in literature, art, history romance languages, sociology and psychology, students will participate in research projects, colloquia, and community concerts, films and events. Opportunities also exist to intern, volunteer, or conduct research in the local community. A major in African-American studies trains students in the skills needed for graduate research and is advantageous for individuals considering advanced degrees. Faculty specializations, the Civil Rights Digital Library, and the Russell Libraries, provide interested students with a unique opportunity to focus on southern area studies. African American studies students also have the opportunity to study abroad in Accra, Ghana.
Other Academic Information
We offer an undergraduate major, minor, and certificate in African American studies, as well as a graduate certificate in African American studies.
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Other Relevant Information
Because we are an Institute with a community outreach mission, students also have the opportunity to assist in organizing community events. Each year, Students also have the opportunity of contributing to the publication process of our online student journal Mandala.
Program is fully accredited.