The Africana Studies Program at EWU is committed to student success. As such, Africana Studies provides students with a rigorous and comprehensive curriculum that allows students to critically explore, analyze and interpret the experience of African Americans in particular, and other people of African descent in general. The minor in Africana Studies helps to prepare EWU students to be broadly educated, articulate, critical thinkers ready to pursue meaningful careers as engaged citizens in a culturally diverse world. The Africana Studies program seeks to:
In addition to the university's general services, Africana Studies advising services provide academic, personal and career advising. Our faculty advisers are sensitive to the concerns African American and African students may have about a predominantly white school.
Africana Studies faculty advisers aid students with course selections, career advice and steer them toward required courses for their degrees and planned professions. New incoming students are especially encouraged to contact Africana Studies Director before registering for classes.
African Studies awards a number of scholarships for Eastern's students. The awards are in addition to other university wide scholarships.
AEP offers an Africana studies curriculum as part of Eastern's liberal arts program and cultural diversity requirements for a BA/BS degree. Africana studies courses provide understanding and appreciation of the universal African diaspora today and historically from an Afrocentric world view. They also give students the opportunity to evaluate the influence of African culture on the entire human civilization.
All Eastern students are encouraged to take Africana studies courses. Many courses are cross-listed with other departments such as history, English and art.
Students taking a minimum of 20 credit hours in Africana studies are qualified to declare a minor in Africana studies. We advise students to consult an Africana Studies adviser or the director regarding their selection of courses for this minor. Students interested in the Africana Studies minor may also be interested in the Race and Culture Studies major.
The greatest job skills you can acquire through a liberal arts education are cultural sensitivity, cultural intelligence and overall "people skills." Learning how to work with diverse groups of people is essential to success. The knowledge and skills you gain through a minor in Africana Studies will open career doors for you in government and state agencies, community social service agencies, educational institutions, community organizing, foreign service departments, labor unions, law firms, hospitals, and research organizations.
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