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Degrees & Certificates

Africana Studies Community Research Center

The Africana Studies Community Research Center has two central objectives: One, we have four interactive learning modules of museum quality where students engage with supplemental course materials through visual, touch screen, e-portfolio lessons on iPods. The modules for the center are multilayered and highly visual and kinesthetic. They are also ADA compliant and Spanish bi-lingual to ensure access. The modules are for educational purposes and include assessment that impacts the grade of the student.

Every African American Studies course and instructor links their curriculum and assessment to the modules. Two, the center houses and collects local African American historical documents on the Black Panther Party, post World War II Black migration, unions, arts and culture and other areas. This aspect of the center involves students in that African American Studies majors and interested students are trained in historical preservation processes including archiving, scanning, and interviewing methods for individual and family histories.

Students will be able to receive transferable credit and certification for this work and their projects will become a permanent part of the collection.  Our Center is open to scheduled high school class visits, community organizations, and youth groups.

Project Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Analyze primary historical documents for preserving, cataloging, and organizing purposes
  • Apply social science research methodology to lab environment
  • Evaluate historical projects for potential display and/or implementation to computer format
  • Analyze the multiple themes of the module subject matter


The AA degree in African-American Studies will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the Major course requirements and the General Education requirements.

The AA degree in African-American Studies will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the Major course requirements and the General Education requirements.

Degree Major Requirements:

Group 1: Family and Society Select two courses from the following for a minimum of 6 units: 
Dept/No. Title Units
AFRAM 5 The African American Family in the United States 3
AFRAM 8 African-American Politics 3-4
AFRAM 10 Sociology of African-Americans 3
AFRAM 12 Psychology of African-Americans 3
AFRAM 14A Social Psychology of African American Male/Female Relationships 3
AFRAM 14B Social Psychology of African American Male/Female Relationships 3
AFRAM 16 The Prison Industrial Complex: African American Incarceration 3
AFRAM 19 Racism in the United States 3
AFRAM 38 Environmental Racism and Justice 3
Group 2: History and Economics
Select two courses from the following for a minimum of 6 units:
AFRAM 2 Black Economics 3
AFRAM 4 The Black Panther Party: Strategies on Organizing the People 3
AFRAM 30 African-American History: Africa to 1865 3
AFRAM 31 African-American History: 1865-1945 3
AFRAM 32 African-American History: 1945 to Present 3-4
Group 3: Africa and the Diaspora
Select a course for a total of 3 units:
AFRAM 25 Classical African Civilizations 3
AFRAM 27 Afro-Caribbean History, Politics, and Culture 3
AFRAM 3 Ghana: Pan African Thought and the Struggle for Africa’s Liberation 3
AFRAM 18 African Heritage 3 of Latin America 3
Group 4: Culture and Creativity
Select two course from the following for a minimum of 6 units:
AFRAM 33 The Roots of African-American Culture 3
AFRAM 39 Black World Films 3
AFRAM 41 African-American Writers (Fiction) 3
AFRAM 42 African-American Writers (Non-Fiction) 3
AFRAM 43 African-American Writers (Poetry) 3
AFRAM 45 Religion and the African-American Church in America 3
Total Units 21-23