African and African American Studies (AFAM)
Karen M. Tinsley, Professor of Psychology, Chair
The African and African American studies major is interdisciplinary and it celebrates the achievements of people of African descent in Africa and the Diaspora while addressing their pursuit of justice, equality and self-determination. The major focuses on cultures, societies, histories and concerns of people of African descent in Africa and the Diaspora including North America, the Caribbean and other parts of the world. It seeks to develop greater respect for scholarship as a tool for problem-solving and to prepare students to become agents of change who will pursue social justice and promote an appreciation of racial and cultural differences in the United States and the wider world. Courses are taught from different disciplinary and philosophical perspectives, and students are encouraged to examine their own values and develop their own perspectives. Students also are encouraged to participate in the study abroad semester in Ghana and to get involved in the local Greensboro community through internships and service projects. It provides a basis for better understanding among people in multicultural societies and multiracial nations, and prepares students for a wide range of careers in such fields as criminal justice, education, law, and health.
Course serves as an introduction to the geographical roots and cultural heritages of the peoples of African ancestry. It will help students to begin to explore and understand the diverse lifestyles, experiences as well as the dispersion, opportunities, challenges and concerns of peoples of African ancestry in the U.S. multicultural setting. Fulfills diversity in the U.S. and social science requirements (1998). Sociocultural engagement and social/ behavioral science requirements (2019).
May also be offered at 250, 350 and 450 levels.
Examines major themes such as the African heritage, slavery, emancipation, Reconstruction, migrations, labor, criminal justice, black nationalism, the Civil Rights Movement and current issues. Fulfills humanities and diversity in the U.S. requirements (2019. Arts/humanities and sociocultural engagement requirements (2019).
May also be offered at 360 and 460 levels.
May also be offered at the 390 level.