African and African American Studies

The African and African American studies major is interdisciplinary and it celebrates the achievements of people of African descent in Africa and the Diaspora while addressing their pursuit of justice, equality and self-determination. The major focuses on cultures, societies, histories and concerns of people of African descent in Africa and the Diaspora including North America, the Caribbean and other parts of the world. It seeks to develop greater respect for scholarship as a tool for problem-solving and to prepare students to become agents of change who will pursue social justice and promote an appreciation of racial and cultural differences in the United States and the wider world.

Courses are taught from different disciplinary and philosophical perspectives, and students are encouraged to examine their own values and develop their own perspectives. Students are also encouraged to participate in the study abroad semester in Ghana and to get involved in the local Greensboro community through internships and service projects. It provides a basis for better understanding among people in multicultural societies and multiracial nations, and prepares students for a wide range of careers in such fields as criminal justice, education, law, health care, human relations, management, marketing, sports management and social work. It also lays a foundation for graduate studies in the field.

Degree Offered

The Bachelor of Arts degree is offered in African and African American Studies.

African and African American Studies Major

Major

African and African American Studies is an interdisciplinary major that requires a second disciplinary major and an advisor in each. The major requires a minimum of 32 credit hours (eight courses) with no more than five from a single department, no more than two of these courses may be at the 100 level, and at least two courses must be taken at the 300 level.

Other requirements are as follows:

CHOOSE ONE Historical Dimensions COURSE (4 credits)
AFAM 225 African American History - 4 credits
AFAM 106 Introduction to African Heritage - 4 credits
CHOOSE ONE Creative Voices course (4 credits)
ENGL 230 African American Literature - 4 credits
ENGL 331 Black Women Writers - 4 credits
ENGL 332 Black Men Writers - 4 credits
MUS 110 Jazz Appreciation - 4 credits

CHOOSE ONE Theoretical Frameworks Course (4 credits) 
PHIL 261 Philosophy and Race - 4 credits
PSY 242 Psychology of African Americans - 4 credits
PSY 349 Multiculturalism and Psychology - 4 credits
SOAN 265 Racial and Ethnic Relations - 4 credits

CHOOSE ONE African Connections COURSE (4 credits)
ENGL 334 African Women Writers - 4 credits
FREN 311 The Francophone World - 4 credits
HIST 241 Africa before 1800 - 4 credits
HIST 242 Africa since 1800 - 4 credits
HIST 343 Women in Modern Africa - 4 credits
PSCI 222 African Government and Politics - 4 credits
SOAN 215 Anthropology of Slavery - 4 credits
SOAN 234 Culture and Sexuality in Africa - 4 credits
SOAN 235 African Families in Transition - 4 credits
SOAN 358 African Cultures in Film - 4 credits

CHOOSE ONE The Americas COURSE (4 credits) 
ENGL 151 HP: Black Women's History and Literature - 4 credits
ENGL 378 Caribbean Literature - 4 credits
HIST 308 The Underground Railroad - 4 credits
HIST 315 The Civil Rights Movement - 4 credits
JPS 336 Understanding Oppressive Systems - 4 credits
JPS 365 Race, Society and Criminal Justice - 4 credits
PHIL 333 Individual Philosopher: W.E.B. Du Bois - 4 credits
PSY 213 Class, Race and Gender - 4 credits
REL 234 African American Religion and Theology - 4 credits
SOAN 267 Race and Gender in Media Focus - 4 credits
CHOOSE ONE IDS COURSE (4 credits)
IDS 411 Gender and Development in Africa - 4 credits
IDS 412 Race, Ethnicity, Psychology and Law - 4 credits
IDS 422 Harlem Renaissance - 4 credits
IDS 435 Understanding Poverty - 4 credits

CHOOSE Independent Study* or Internship* and/or elective course (8 credits)
AFAS 260, 360, 460; AFAS 290, 390 plus one course at the 100 level or
Any two additional courses above the 100 level or
An eight-credit, two semester AFAS Thesis

Total credit hours required for A.B. degree in African and African American Studies – 32 credits

*Supervised by a faculty member teaching regularly in the African and African American Studies Program.

African and African American Studies Minor

Minor

The minor requires a minimum of 16 credit hours (four courses). The four courses must be taken in at least two different disciplinary departments. No more than one of these courses may be at the 100 level. 

Choose one COURSE (4 credits)
AFAM 225 African American History - 4 credits
AFAM 106 Introduction to African Heritage - 4 credits
CHOOSE ONE African Connections Course (4 credits)
ENGL 334 African Women Writers - 4 credits
FREN 311 The Francophone World - 4 credits
HIST 241 Africa to 1800 - 4 credits
HIST 242 Africa since 1800 - 4 credits
HIST 343 Women in Modern Africa - 4 credits
PSCI 222 African Government & Politics - 4 credits
SOAN 215 Anthropology of Slavery - 4 credits
SOAN 234 Culture & Sexuality in Africa - 4 credits
SOAN 235 African Families in Transition - 4 credits
SOAN 358 African Cultures in Film - 4 credits

CHOOSE ONE The Americas COURSE (4 credits)
ENGL 151 HP: Black Women's History and Literature - 4 credits
ENGL 230 African American Literature - 4 credits
ENGL 331 Black Women Writers - 4 credits
ENGL 332 Black Men Writers - 4 credits
HIST 308 The Underground Railroad - 4 credits
HIST 315 The Civil Rights Movement - 4 credits
JPS 336 Understanding Oppressive Systems - 4 credits
JPS 365 Race, Society and Criminal Justice - 4 credits
MUS 110 Jazz Appreciation - 4 credits
HIL 261 Philosophy and Race - 4 credits
PHIL 333 Individual Philosopher: W.E.B Du Bois - 4 credits
PSY 242 Psyhcology of African Americans - 4 credits
PSY 349 Multiculturalism & Psychology - 4 credits
REL 234 African American Religion and Theology - 4 credits
SOAN 265 Racial and Ethical Relations - 4 credits
SOAN 267 Race and Gender in Media Focus - 4 credits

CHOOSE ONE COURSE (4 credits)
IDS 411 Gender & Development in Africa - 4 credits
IDS 412 Race, Ethnicity, Psychology & Law - 4 credits
IDS 422 Harlem Renaissance - 4 credits
IDS 435 Understanding Poverty - 4 credits

Total credit hours required for African and African American studies minor – 16 credits.

African and African American Studies at Guilford

Why African and African American Studies at Guilford?

The African American Studies major is interdisciplinary and it celebrates the achievements of people of African descent in Africa and the Diaspora while addressing their pursuit of justice, equality and self-determination. The major focuses on cultures, societies, histories and concerns of people of African descent in Africa and the Diaspora including North America, the Caribbean and other parts of the world. It seeks to develop greater respect for scholarship as a tool for problem-solving and to prepare students to become agents of change who will pursue social justice and promote an appreciation of racial and cultural differences in the United States and the wider world.

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