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African American Studies


Dr. Nathaniel Norment, Chairperson
810 Gladfelter Hall
215-204-8491
nnorme01@temple.edu

Dr. Sonja Peterson-Lewis, Director of Undergraduate Studies
829 Gladfelter Hall
215-204-1996
sonja.peterson-lewi@temple.edu

808 Gladfelter Hall
215-204-8491
afam@temple.edu
www.temple.edu/AAS/

The mission of the Department of African American Studies is to provide an intellectual arena in which students learn critically to examine, analyze, and interpret the experiences, traditions, and dynamics of peoples of African descent so as to be prepared to take roles of effective agency, participation, and leadership in the intellectual, research, and social activist domains of professional and community life. The Department’s guiding philosophy is African-centered in that we believe that mindful awareness of the social, cultural, and historical experiences of African peoples must inform and guide all viable research, analysis, interpretation, and action directed toward people of African descent.

The curriculum stresses the skills necessary to think critically, write clearly, argue persuasively, and problem solve effectively. Students are exposed to theory and research in a variety of subject areas and are encouraged to engage in active research and service beyond the classroom. Past AAS alumni have entered careers in primary and secondary education and administration, social work and administration, research design, law enforcement, city government, and have also worked with museums and other cultural and artistic institutions. Others have entered graduate studies in a variety of areas, including law, the health-related professions, public administration, and the social sciences.

The Department offers three internal awards for graduating seniors—two privately-sponsored awards for outstanding academic performance and one departmental award for outstanding service. The Department of African American Studies supervises the Temple in Ghana program, which allows students to study for six weeks during the summer at the University of Ghana in Accra.

Requirements for the Major

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
African American
Studies
1296 Introduction to African American Studies 3 WI
African American
Studies
1152 Introduction to African Aesthetics 3  
African American
Studies
2201 African Civilization 3  
African American
Studies
2251 Mass Media in the Black Community 3  
African American
Studies
22551 Introduction to Research Methods
(offered during Fall semester only1)
3  
African American
Studies
40961 Senior Capstone Seminar
(offered during Spring semester only)
3 WI*
         
African American
Studies
Electives Select four (4) additional courses, two of
which must be above the 1000 level.2
12  
         
Total     30  
         
 * Indicates Writing Capstone.      

Note 1: Students must take AAS 2255 Research Methods and 4096 Senior Capstone Seminar in sequence because students must complete in AAS 4096 the research that they will design in AAS 2255.  Thus, complete AAS 2255 in the fall—the only term in which it is offered--and then immediately enroll in AAS 4096 for the spring term-- the only semester in which it is offered.  The Department does not accept other research courses as substitutes for AAS 2255.

Note 2: Make these selections based on the content areas in which you desire greater familiarity (e.g., AAS literature, AAS social issues, AAS psychology, etc.).  Two of these four courses may be AAS-related courses outside the Department; however, students must seek written approval from the AAS Undergraduate Director prior to enrolling in outside courses that they want to apply toward the AAS major. Majors must earn a grade of B or higher in external courses that they wish to apply toward the AAS major.

 

Distinction in Major

African American Studies majors may graduate with a distinction in major if they have earned a GPA of 3.3.

 

Requirements for the Minor and Suggested Order of Completion

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
African American
Studies
1296 Introduction to African American Studies 3 WI
African American
Studies
1152 Introduction to African Aesthetics 3  
African American
Studies
2201 African Civilization 3  
African American
Studies
2251 Mass Media in the Black Community 3  
African American
Studies
2255 Introduction to Research Methods
(offered during Fall semester only)
3  
         
Select two (2) additional courses, one of which must be above the 1000 level. 6  
         
Make these selections based on the content areas in which you desire greater familiarity (e.g., AAS literature, AAS social issues, AAS psychology, etc.). One of these two upper-level courses may be an AAS-related courses outside the Department; however, students must seek written approval from the AAS Undergraduate Director prior to enrolling in outside courses that they want to apply toward the AAS minor. Students must earn a grade of B or higher in external courses that they wish to apply toward the AAS minor.  
The Department does not accept other research courses as substitutes for AAS 2255.
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