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African and African American Studies Program
Program Information
The African and African American Studies Minor (AFAM) is the study, research, interpretation and dissemination of knowledge about Africans both on the continent of Africa and in the Diaspora. Interdisciplinary in both conception and practice, the AFAM program is designed to critically examine the structure, organization, contributions, and perspectives of Africa and its peoples throughout the Diaspora. A major paradigm that informs the program’s curriculum is an African-Centered epistemological framework that proceeds from a position internal to the cultures of African peoples. This approach is used concurrent with an awareness of and openness to the variation and richness of the total human experience. The AFAM minor is currently housed in the Sociology Department.

Program Goals
The primary goals of the African and African American Studies Program are to: (1) provide students with a comprehensive quality multicultural educational experience and, (2) the opportunity for a creative and intellectual experience based upon the critical and systematic study of the life, thought and practice of African peoples in their current and historical development.

The Importance of an Minor in AFAM
Through its interdisciplinary and multicultural approach to scholarship and learning, the AFAM Studies Program seeks to contribute to students' self-awareness and attempts to broaden their perspectives in ways that allow them to understand the world in its diversity and complexity.  It not only fosters intellectual and academic growth and excellence, but also inclusiveness and the development of multicultural leaders and community activists through its focus on African and African American constituencies and communities, their conditions and contributions, and on human agency and social change.  Although the program focuses specifically on the experiences of Africa and African Americans, it is not just for African and African American students.  Rather, the program’s broad vision and goal of inclusiveness not only acknowledges the relation of African and African American peoples within multicultural and global communities but also it cultivates a respect for the multiracial and multicultural character of the common world humanity. The program offers courses that cross academic disciplines and that are intellectually and conceptually far reaching for all students, intellectual, academic, civic and professional growth and development.



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