Degrees & Certificates
ASSOCIATE OF ARTS (AA) DEGREE
To qualify for the Associate of Arts in African-American Studies degree, students must satisfactorily complete the Degree Major requirements and the local AA/AS General Education requirements. See the Associate Degrees and Certificates section of this catalog for more information on the local AA/AS overall requirements and the local AA/AS General Education requirements.
Note: Students should see a counselor at least once each semester to plan for their educational goal(s).
Program Learning Outcomes:
Students who complete the degree will be able to:
- Examine research, ideologies, issues and text from an African-Centered point of view that illuminates the uniqueness of the Black experience in a holistic and contextualized manner.
- Recognize and apply their identity and activism from a unified understanding of the race, culture and heritage of African people.
- Exhibit a positive self and collective awareness in their race and heritage.
- Recognize the sources of personal attitudes and world views and deal constructively with issues that arise out of human differences. Combat and transcend the impact of over-generalizing and stereotyping.
- Develop a perspective and behavior that incorporates African-Centered thought into all areas of life; including family, work, community commitment and social justice activities.
- Prepare to successfully complete academic work at the university/college they transfer to.
- Commit to the role they must play in combating oppression in the African world community. Enhance self-awareness about the power of collective action and the role of the individual in collective justice.
Degree Major Requirements:
|Group 1: Family and Society
Select two courses from the following for a minimum of 6 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|
|AFRAM14A||Social Psychology of African American Male/Female Relationships||3|
|AFRAM14B||Social Psychology of African American Male/Female Relationships||3|
|AFRAM16||The Prison Industrial Complex: African American Incarceration||3|
|AFRAM19||Racism in the United States||3|
|AFRAM38||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|
|AFRAM30||African-American History: Africa to 1865||3|
|AFRAM31||African-American History: 1865-1945||3|
|AFRAM32||African-American History: 1945 to Present||3-4|
|Group 3: Africa and the Diaspora|
|Select a course for a total of 3 units:|
|AFRAM25||Classical African Civilizations||3|
|AFRAM27||Afro-Caribbean History, Politics, and Culture||3|
|AFRAM 3||Ghana: Pan African Thought and the Struggle for Africa’s Liberation||3|
|AFRAM18||African Heritage 3 of Latin America||3|
|Group 4: Culture and Creativity|
|Select two course from the following for a minimum of 6 units:|
|AFRAM33||The Roots of African-American Culture||3|
|AFRAM39||Black World Films||3|
|AFRAM41||African-American Writers (Fiction)||3|
|AFRAM42||African-American Writers (Non-Fiction)||3|
|AFRAM43||African-American Writers (Poetry)||3|
|AFRAM45||Religion and the African-American Church in America||3|