Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2011

African-American Studies



F. Best, Director (860-832-2910 or 2817); African-American Studies Committee: D. Blitz, J. Buxton, G. Emeagwali, W. Brown Foster, K. Harris, B. Johnson, M. Mentzer, W. Perry, E. Phillips, R. Simmons


Program Overview

The African-American studies minor offers a broad curriculum dedicated to the study of Black life in the Americas and the Diaspora from 1350 to the present. The African-American studies program develops and coordinates an interdisciplinary curriculum. Its objectives are to encourage all students and faculty to examine the African-American experience, to facilitate a cultural and intellectual atmosphere on campus that will be favorable to such studies, and to develop a program of research and community service. The program also has a "nationally recognized" African-American lecture series, featuring nationally and internationally known scholars in the field of Black studies.

The African-American studies director is located in Marcus White 101. In addition to the ongoing lecture series, the program also hosts the traditional celebration of Black History Month during February with rich and diverse activities such as a film series, art exhibits, and student debating contests.



Minor in African-American Studies (21 credits)

AFAM 110Introduction to African-American Studies3
HIST 369African-American History3
HIST 469African-Americans in the 20th Century3
PHIL 360African-American Philosophy3
and 9 credits from any of the following: 
HIST 497African History Through Film 3
HIST 497African-American Women's History3
HUM 490African Civilization: A Voyage into the Past and

REL 361African-American Religion3
ART 100Search in Art3
ENG 212African-American Literature3
ENG 345Modern African-American Literature3
CRM 478Gender, Race, and Crime3
SOC 322Race and Ethnic Relations3
ANTH 200Dimensions of Diversity and Inequality3
ANTH 352Ethnicity and Ethnic Identity3
ANTH 401City Life & Culture3
ANTH 420African Diaspora Archaeology3
ANTH 424Peoples and Cultures of Africa3
PHIL 100Search in Philosophy3
HIST 100Search in History3
HIST 395Topics in History3
PSY 430Psychology of Diversity3
COMM 320History of African-American Speakers3

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