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Department of African and African-American Studies

From the Chair, Mark Christian

Department Chair, Mark ChristianThe Department of Africana Studies (we are in the process of changing the department name) is in the School of Arts and Humanities with such departments as History, Music, Latin American, Latino, and Puerto Rican Studies, English, and Philosophy. Undergraduates can gain a major or a minor in African & African American Studies, and/or combine a major with Early Childhood Education studies. Courses taken in African and African American Studies can also fulfill the College's GEN. ED. distribution requirement in historical studies, comparative culture, the arts, or literature.

African and African American Studies is a body of knowledge that records, describes, and analyzes the experience of Black people in all parts of the world, but especially in America, the Caribbean and Africa. African and African American Studies appraises the past, examines the present, and seeks to shape the future. Moreover, African and African American Studies offers an interdisciplinary major leading to a B.A. degree. The courses are grouped into five sequences: African-American, community and urban, Afro-Caribbean, African, and arts and languages. The Department also participates in the interdisciplinary programs in Latin American, Latino, and Puerto Rican Studies, Political Science, Sociology, History, Philosophy and Women's Studies. Read more