Easily remembered as the father of Black Studies, W.E.B. DuBois was a champion of a broadly-based and worldly educational experience. As he articulated it in The Souls of Black Folk, educational outcomes should include “… intelligence, broad sympathy, knowledge of the world that was and is, and of the relation of men [and women] to it” (quoted in Mullane, 1993, p. 392). In terms of the New World, he posed the following challenge to educators: “The problem of education … among [African Americans] must first of all deal with … the problem of developing the Best of this race that they may guide the Mass away from the contamination and death of the Worst, in their own and other races” (quoted in Mullane, 1993, p. 382).
- You have a choice of choosing African American Studies as your major;
- you have a choice of double-majoring in African American Studies and another discipline;
- you have a choice of choosing African American Studies as your minor;
- you have a choice of using our African American Studies courses to satisfy some areas of EMU’s General Education program, such as AFC 101 Introduction to African American Studies, US Diversity; AFC 102 Introduction to African Civilization, Global Awareness; AFC 232 Politics in the African American Experience, US Diversity; AFC 244 Dimensions of Racism, Knowledge of the Disciplines, Social Science & Global Awareness; AFC 313 Contemporary Africa: the Struggle & Prospects for Development, Global Awareness; AFC 302W Writing for African American Studies, Intensive Writing; and AFC 351 the Social Context of African American Health, Knowledge of the Disciplines, Social Science;
- you have a choice of completing a 12-credit certificate in African Studies;
- you have a choice of completing a 15-credit graduate certificate in African American Studies;
- you have a choice of using available African American Studies course sections to complete the “free electives” for your bachelor’s degree; and
- as we speak, we are in the process of finalizing a proposal for a Master’s degree in Africology and African American Studies.