2017-2018 University Catalogue 
    Sep 29, 2023  
2017-2018 University Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

African American & Latin American Studies Major, African American Studies Emphasis

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Coordinator j. Palmer

The African American experience in the United States has been the result of a complex history spanning almost four hundred years centered on enslavement, racial violence, segregation, and discrimination. This concentration not only focuses on African Americans’ resistance to those manifest injustices, but it also examines their significant contributions to the economy, society, and culture of the United States, as well as their achievements in politics, education, art, science, and in the economy. Some of the major themes studied are slavery and abolition; the politics of race and racism; black leadership, the civil rights movement, and the continuing struggle for social justice; as well as social and cultural phenomena like the Harlem Renaissance and the rise of a black middle class.

A student must complete major declaration procedures with the appropriate coordinator no later than the second term of the sophomore year, unless an exception is approved by the program director.

For more information about the program, honors/high honors, transfer credit, etc., visit the Africana and Latin American studies program  page.

Major Requirements

The requirements for the ALST major with a concentration in African American studies are as follows:

Four African American Studies Electives

Should be chosen in consultation with the coordinator. Of the four electives, at least two courses must be at the 300 level or higher.


200- or 300-Level Elective

One additional 200- or 300-level elective must be selected from any area of the program outside of the student’s primary concentration.

Senior Capstone Seminar

  is the senior capstone seminar and is required for all majors. In the event that   is not offered, students may substitute another seminar in consultation with the coordinator and the program director.

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