Students will gain an understanding of the African American experience from an African-centered perspective. Africana Studies can benefit graduates planning careers in professions where contact with marginalized groups or ethnic communities are extensive, such as education, counseling, social services, medicine, government and many other fields that require a diverse understanding. Students considering this minor should contact the director of Africana Studies.
What will I study?
Africana Studies courses are designed to provide understanding and appreciation of the African Diaspora both as it has unfolded over time and as it is currently manifested. The program uses the Afrocentric world view as the philosophical basis for the presentation of its courses. The Africana Studies Program cross-lists with some courses offered through other EWU colleges such as History, Women & Gender Studies, Social Work and Sociology.
Interesting courses I might take:
- AAST 214 - Introduction to African American Culture (Required for Minor in Africana Studies) Satisfies cultural and gender diversity university graduation requirement. An interdisciplinary survey of African American culture beginning with ancient African history and traditions through contemporary issues in the African American experience. Attention given to basic principles of history, sociology, political science, economics and the arts in the study of the dynamics of the African American culture.
- AAST 215 - Early African American History (students are required to take AAST 215 or 216 for Minor) Satisfies cultural and gender diversity university graduation requirement. Examines the African American experience from African civilizations in the 4th century AD through slavery, to the end of the Reconstruction era in the United States.
- AAST 216 - 20th Century African American History Satisfies cultural and gender diversity university graduation requirement. The study of the history of African Americans from the end of the Reconstruction period to the present.
- AAST 315 - African History Satisfies international studies university graduation requirement. A survey of African history from prehistory to the present. Emphasizes earlier African civilizations, extensive contact with the outside world and the formation of African nations.
- AAST 320 - African American Family The African American Family as a social system influenced by institutions of the larger American society.
- AAST 321 - African American Political Awareness Issues of African American political power and awareness as they relate to several studies of macro and micro institutional racism with alternatives for racial change.
- AAST 375 - African American Cinema African American cinema explores the history of African Americans in films, focusing particularly on Hollywood’s representations of Blacks in feature- length films. The course examines such issues as the representations of race, gender and sexuality through observing and discussing feature films in class. Emphasis is placed on critical viewing, thinking, analyzing and writing about films. The course not only investigates Hollywood’s representations of African Americans but also examines the struggle and emergence of independent, African American–produced films, which offer a separate and unique voice that not only challenges Hollywood’s representations but also expresses themes involving cultural identity.
- AAST 430 - The Black Woman's Struggle Explores issues related to the experience of African American women in the United States particularly around race, class, and gender, privilege and power.