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AFST 1714: Intro to African American Studies

This course offers an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of African American Studies, with an emphasis on the interplay of African American Studies scholarship and activism. Students will consider key dimensions of African American experiences, including institutional contexts for African American cultural expression and responses to oppression. Students will also engage with the history of the field, explore subfields, and consider research methods.

Why take it?

This course provides students with a foundational understanding of facets of African American experience and the field of African American Studies. The knowledge and perspectives which students gain will provide a lens for considering the ways in which issues of diversity have impacted American culture and institutions. Such an understanding will enable students to make sense of an increasingly diverse society, which will benefit them throughout their college years and beyond.

AFST 1714 fulfills an elective in the Appalachian Cultures and Environments Pathways minor.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

This course fulfills Pathways requirements in Reasoning in the Social Sciences, Critical Analysis of Identity and Equity in the United States, and Intercultural and Global Awareness.