The Afro-American Studies program's undergraduate degree prepares the recipient for successful careers devoted to an understanding and the uplifting of African communities locally, nationally and globally.
The Department of Afro-American Studies' Undergraduate Program exists as part of the Social Science Division in the College of Arts & Sciences. As part of the revolutionary movement of the Civil Rights Era in the United States, the program is grounded in the need to advance the interests of the African World including Afro-America, Africa, and the Afro-Caribbean. In this regard, the concerns of the the department are local, national and international. The department is one among only a handful of institutions that can boast faculty trained specifically in the field of Africana Studies.
The current academic curriculum offers a core of 33 credit hours for student majors. This interdisciplinary curriculum provides a sound, structured and efficiently broad academic program reflecting a range of coursework along four identified focal tracks that examine the historical, political, cultural, and socio-economic modalities of African Americans with significant relational foci on Africans in the Caribbean, Latin America and the African continent. This lays a foundation that equips students with the necessary intellectual capital and methodological orientation to contribute to the solutions of local, state, national and global problems.
The Afro-American Studies program's undergraduate degree prepares the recipient for successful careers devoted to an understanding and the uplifting of African communities locally, nationally and globally. Such careers span the following fields: public service including elected and non-elected governmental service, policy analysis, law and justice, and community activism; private enterprise, including law, entrepreneurship, artistic/literary endeavors and communications arts; education and research that advances the knowledge and outlook of the community. Graduates of the Afro-American Studies program have the unique flexibility to enter and graduate or professional programs in the field of social sciences, humanities and education.