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.
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