2022-2023 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jun 18, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

African American Studies, BA

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Department Chair:

Joan Bryant
Associate Professor and Department Chair
Phone: 315.443.4399


Joan Bryant, Horace Campbell, Linda Carty, Kishi Animashaun Ducre, Casarae Gibson, Janis A. Mayes, Herbert Ruffin II, S.N. Sangmpam, James G. Williams

This interdisciplinary department offers the opportunity for study, research, and community involvement in African American Studies and enables students to explore cultural, literary, historical, political, socioeconomic and other issues affecting African Americans, as well as links with continental Africa and the Caribbean. The department offers a minor and a major, leading to a B.A. degree, and  enables students to explore the field through courses in the social sciences and the humanities. Students seeking a B.A. degree in African American Studies must successfully complete AAS 112  /ANT 112   before formal admission to the major.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Explain major cultural figures, texts, expression, and movements in Black Studies

2. Explain knowledge of major social and political issues in Black Studies

3. Develop knowledge of major social, cultural, & political factors that have defined the Black experience across time and/or space (Diasporic orientation)

4. Learn how race, class, gender, and/or sexualities functions within the contours of the Black experience (intersectionality)

5. Develop critical thinking skills applicable to issues in Black Studies

6. Develop ability to conceive & execute independent inquiries in Black Studies

7. Develop effective written and oral communications


Students must complete the prerequisite before admission to the major (3 credits)

Electives (12 Credits)

Students must complete twelve elective credits of AAS courses for the major.  Students who take two 200-level courses in the AAS Core may not count more than one 200-level elective course toward the AAS major.

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