Students of African and African American Studies are not only taught the relevant history and concerns of people of African descent around the world, they’re also encouraged to live them by completing internships and service projects in the local community. Plus, students interested in studying the people and culture of Ghana are encouraged to take advantage of study abroad and internship programs.
Courses are taught from different disciplinary and philosophical perspectives, and students are encouraged to examine their own values as they relate to the curriculum content and to then connect them with their personal perspectives.
In this vibrant area of study, Guilford College seeks to do more than teach. We firmly believe we can shape and define this discipline as a whole, studying the beauty, creativity, intellect and power of these cultures while also getting to the root causes of social and cultural issues. Doing so primes our graduates to be agents of change in the larger world.
The African and African American Studies major seeks to develop greater respect for scholarship as a tool for problem-solving, encourage the pursuit of social justice and foster an appreciation of racial and cultural differences in the United States and beyond.
This major prepares students for careers in such fields as criminal justice, education, law, health care, higher education, human relations, management, marketing, news media, politics, sports management and social work. It also lays a foundation for graduate studies in the field.