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African American Studies

General Information 

African American Studies Department (AAS) offers courses in a number of areas. These courses enable students to learn and compre­hend the history, culture, and traditions of African and/or African descended people. We are committed to providing students with courses that will enhance their academic skills and contribute to their successful matriculation. The African American Studies Department I rooted in the historical, cultural, and intellectual traditions of the African/African American experience, in time and space, is a legiti­mate subject of intellectual inquiry and academic endeavor.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of courses in African American Studies, students will be able to:

  • Identify, describe, and analyze the broad patterns and trajecto­ries in African and African American history and culture.
  • Identify, describe, and analyze the place in, and role played by, Africans in world history, global economics, international politics, and in world culture.
  • Identify, describe, and analyze the importance of the African American dimension, political, social, economic, legal, and cultural, in United States history.
  • Identify, describe, and analyze the ways in which the study of African and African American history has contributed to a broader and deeper comprehension and analysis in our intel­lectual grasp of the structures of domination throughout human history, including systems and practices of national/ colonial, economic/class/caste, sexual/gender, and racial/ethnic domination.


Credit, Degree Applicable Courses