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African American Studies

Learning Objectives

African American Studies

By virtue of exposure to African American Studies courses,

African American Studies students should know:

  • The general history of African American people in the U.S. and the Diaspora
  • A basic comprehension and appreciation of the Black Aesthetic
  • The significance of Black people in American and the global community
  • A critical understanding of the systemic forces that impact traditional institutions within the Black community

African American Studies students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate written competency in the analysis of theories and practices concerning Black racial formations
  • Demonstrate oral competency in the analysis of theories and practices concerning Black racial formations
  • Use and interpret data and other social facts to answer research questions pertaining to African American interests

African American Studies students should value:

  • The role of African American Studies in and by direct engagement with Black communities
  • The dignity of Black people, institutions and practices
  • The concept of diversity in the modern and complex world in which we live