Director: Wayne Glasker, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Pennsylvania
The program in African American studies is designed to provide students with a sound understanding of the black experience nationally and internationally, while focusing on North America. The interdepartmental and interdisciplinary features of the program allow for a broad and varied exposure to black culture, economics, politics, and history from Africa to the Americas. Each African American studies major must take 30 credits in courses approved for the major and choose a departmental minor; the required departmental minor may not be in another interdisciplinary or area program. Teacher Preparation may count as a minor. Thus, the program focuses the course of study on material that prepares students for meaningful careers of their choice and/or advanced degree training.
Students who wish to major or minor in African American studies should consult with the program director. A grade-point average of 2.0 or better is required in courses for the major or minor in African American studies. This program can be completed only through daytime attendance.
In addition to the college curriculum requirements, see the Major Requirements page that follows for the requirements that must be met to satisfy the African American studies major.