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The Major Program

African American and African Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. This major introduces students to the social cultural, historical and artistic dimensions of global African Diaspora and Black communities in the United States, Africa, Europe, Asia, Caribbean, Latin America and Pacific regions of the world. The instructors are creative, accessible and highly qualified, with specializations across a range of disciplines. Students are exposed to and trained to think critically about the conditions and demands of global societies. Students may choose to enrich their education studying for a summer, a quarter, or a year in Africa, or by studying for a quarter in the Caribbean. Majors and Minors are also encouraged to take advantage of relevant internship opportunities.

The Program. The purpose of this program is to give students a sense of the individual characteristics and common concerns of Black communities in Africa, the United States, and in the wider Diaspora. The African American emphasis includes courses on history, culture, and the impact of developments in politics and the economy on the social organization of Black people in the United States. The African Diaspora emphasis enables students to study the way Black communities outside Africa and the United States have dealt with questions of race and ethnicity. It also considers how they have defined their identity in the political arena as well as by using religion, theater and dance, literature and film. The African emphasis allows students to focus on Africa's recent history, social issues, and contemporary culture.

Career Alternatives. Students majoring in African American and African Studies gain knowledge and strong critical thinking and analytical skills, problem-solving skills and communication skills, all suited for advanced studies in the social sciences, law, education and professional schools. Graduates in the major have pursued careers in education, the private and public sectors, the non-profit sector, international development agencies and in human service. The interdisciplinary nature of African American and African Studies is excellent preparation for professions in community organizations such as the Urban League, NAACP and the Office of Economic Opportunity.

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