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African American Studies

College or Campus: College of Arts and Sciences

Student Learning Outcomes

The Department of African American Studies (AAS) offers a curriculum rooted in the history of the African American experience and is committed to providing students with competencies and skills to respond to the contemporary challenges facing a multicultural and globally interdependent society. The Required Courses for an AAS major provide the foundation for the analysis of African American culture, politics, and economics. The Elective Course choices allow students to add breadth and depth to an interdisciplinary approach to critical thinking, written and oral competency, and social policy.

  1. Describe the African origins and developments of the Black experience in North America, particularly within the context of the United States beginning with the establishment of various African kingdoms in the 12th century through the modern age.
  2. Evaluate how African Americans have shaped and been shaped by the larger African diaspora and other dominated cultures through qualitative and quantitative methodologies.
  3. Provide a comparative framework for analyzing Black identities and other of other communities, integrating the historic Black-White racial binary into a broader multiracial context.
  4. Identify the interconnection of historical, legal, literary, and artistic analyses in order to pursue advanced studies in African American Studies, and/or in other related disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences.
  5. Represent the various paths to civic responsibility, especially in relation to equality, justice, and freedom for individuals and communities facing barriers and oppression based on race, class, gender and/or sexual orientation.

Assessment Plan

AAS majors must successfully complete the Required Core Courses and the at lease five elective course numbered 2000 or above (excluding AAS 3400) with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Regular advising each semester between the student and his/her advisor, and in consultation with the department chair as needed, will provide support to excellent progress and assistance to academic challenges.

Required Core Courses and examples of recommended electives corresponding to the learning outcomes are noted parenthetically:

  1. Describe the African origins and developments of the Black experience in North America, particularly within the context of the United States beginning with the establishment of various African kingdoms in the 12th century through the modern age. (Required Core Courses and AAS 2020, 3450 or 4820)
  2. Evaluate how African Americans have shaped and been shaped by the larger African diaspora and other dominated cultures through qualitative and quantitative methodologies. (Required Core Courses and AAS 2100, 3520 or 3800)
  3. Provide a comparative framework for analyzing Black identities and other of other communities, integrating the historic Black-White racial binary into a broader multiracial context. (Required Core Courses and AAS 2500, 3100 or 3680)
  4. Identify the interconnection of historical, legal, literary, and artistic analyses in order to pursue advanced studies in African American Studies, and/or in other related disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences. (Required Core Courses and AAS 2200, 2540, 3691 or 3692)
  5. Represent the various paths to civic responsibility, especially in relation to equality, justice, and freedom for individuals and communities facing barriers and oppression based on race, class, gender and/or sexual orientation. (Required Core Courses and AAS 3460, 3640 or 4400)

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