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Interdisciplinary Concentration in African-American Studies

Interdisciplinary concentrations in African World Studies focus on the history and culture of the African continent and of people of African descent throughout the world.   Because of the enormous breadth of this subject African World Studies has three distinct concentrations: African Studies, Diaspora African Studies, and African American Studies.

The African American Studies Concentration examines contributions of men and women of African descent to the independence movement, economic growth, jurisprudence, military initiatives, arts, literature, and culture of the United States . The importance of discussions of race, justice, equality, gender, and class to an understanding of American and global history are examined through detailed study of black contributions, constructions of identity, and liberation struggles led by persons of African descent. Students who elect this emphasis have the option of focusing on literature produced by persons of African descent living in the United States. This includes attention to oral traditions of the USA and their African antecedents as well as to writings of ante-bellum and post-bellum citizens. How African Americans used literary forms as tools to encourage freedom, justice, and equity; ways race gender and class influenced those works; and the artistic traditions of African American communities are all examined.


Option B Alternatives

The interdisciplinary concentration in African American Studies focuses on the history and culture of the African continent and of people of African descent throughout the world. Through careful advisement, using the Option B mechanism-or a combination of Options A and B, students may also complete additional emphases, including, but not limited to: Caribbean Studies, Francophone Studies, Africana Herstory, and/or Race, Justice and Equality.

See the Option B explanation at http:www.tcnj.edu/~liberal/define.html


Faculty Sponsors

Christopher Fisher (African-American Studies/History), Piper Kendrix-Williams (African-American Studies/English), Moussa Sow (Modern Languages/African-American Studies), Kim Pearson (Interactive Multimedia/English)


Courses and Requirements

The interdisciplinary concentration in African World Studies requires a total of six courses from the lists below plus one approved course in laboratory science and one in quantitative reasoning. Each emphasis requires some core courses plus others as specified. First Seminars may count toward completion of this concentration if their subject matter is appropriate. Students must consult with faculty sponsors to determine whether their first year seminars can be so applied, and to obtain written permission to do so. Courses listed in the following emphases do not have prerequisites unless specified.

Core Courses

Two of the following including at least one in Social Sciences and History:

Arts and Humanities

  • AAS 221/Early African American Literature
  • AAS 222/Contemporary African American Literature
  • AAS 251/Harlem Renaissance
  • AAS 428/Writings of WEB DuBois

Social Sciences and History

  • AAS 205/African American History to 1865
  • AAS 206/African American History since 1865

Additional Courses

Four courses from the lists below, making sure at least two of the six courses for the concentration (core plus electives) are in Social Sciences or History:

Arts and Humanities

  • AAS 201/African & Diaspora Religions
  • AAS 221/Early African American Literature
  • AAS 222/Contemporary African American Literature
  • AAS 223/Early African American Poetry
  • AAS 225/Contemporary African American Poetry
  • AAS 235/African American Film
  • AAS 240/History of Jazz
  • AAS 243/History of African American Theater
  • AAS 249/African American Folklore
  • AAS 251/Harlem Renaissance
  • AAS 347/African American Art History
  • AAS 348/African American Music
  • AAS 428/Writings of WEB DuBois
  • AAS 375/WGS 365/Womanist Thought (prerequisite: AAS 280/WGS 260/Africana Women in Historical Perspective, or WGS 375/Global Feminisms)
  • WGS 360/Literature by Latinas and Latin American Women

Social Sciences and History

  • AAS 205/African American History to 1865
  • AAS 206/African American History since 1865
  • AAS 310/Great Lives in African American History
  • AAS 280/Africana Women in Historical Perspective
  • AAS 282/History of Race Relations
  • AAS 376/ HIS 365/ WGS 361/African American Women in History
  • HIS 375/The Old South
  • AAS 321/Race, Gender and the News (same as JPW 321)
  • PSY 318/Social Psychology of Power, Oppression, and Privilege (prerequisite: PSY 101)

Approved topics course in African or African American Women’s History

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