African American Studies

In 1619, approximately 20 Blacks arrived in late August of 1619 aboard a Dutch man of war. These blacks were sold/traded into servitude for supplies. In 1770, Crispus Attucks, a black man, became the first casualty of the American Revolution when he was shot and killed in what became known as the Boston Massacre.

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Crispus Attucks

African American Studies Program Description
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 Center, located in Marcus White 101, has a lending library for students and faculty. 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
Students completing a minor in African-American Studies must have 21 credits, including AFAM 110; HIST 369 and 469; and PHIL 360 which is required of all students. In addition, students must have fifteen credits of electives which may be selected from the following courses: HIST 476 and HIST 497 (African History Through Film and African-American Women’s History); HUM 490 (African Civilization: A Voyage into the Past and Present); REL 361 (African-American Religion); PHIL 360 (African-American Philosophy); ART 100; ENG 212, 345; CRM 478 (Gender, Race and crime); SOC 322; ANTH 200, 300, 316, 320, 352, 424; PSY 430; COMM 495 (African-American Speakers); IT 402 (Technology of African Americans), PS 491 (Directed Readings/Special Topic in Political Science).

Felton O. Best, African American Studies Program Director or (832-2910 or 2817)

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