Program Description

Associate in Arts Degree

The mission of the Black Studies Associate of Arts degree is to provide an interdisciplinary arena in which students learn to critically examine, analyze, and interpret Black experiences in American society. The degree offers a broad selection of courses addressing historical, cultural, and sociological factors that affect the lives of Black people. For the purpose of this program, the term “Black” encompasses people who are African-descended Americans, Africans, and others from the African diaspora (e.g., Haiti and other Caribbean Island countries, Cape Verde).

The fundamental goal of the Black Studies degree program is to offer a comprehensive introduction of the historical, anthropological, sociological, psychological, economic, and political aspects of Black America. The curriculum also offers opportunities to study the literary, musical, and artistic heritage of Black people in America and beyond.

The Black Studies Program goals are:

  • Prepare students for professional careers and support current workers in the fields of public service, education, healthcare, social work, law, community development, and others.
  • Prepare students to pursue advanced Bachelor and master’s degrees in Black Studies and related fields.

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