Learning Objectives for Graduating Students

Overall goals of the AFS Major

1.  A major in Africana studies should be able to describe, at a level appropriate for a college graduate, how the politics, histories, economies, and cultures of the peoples of Africa shape the lives and aspirations of people of African descent, whether they live currently on the continent of Africa or in various places throughout the world, and whether they constitute important parts of Africa’s recent or ancient past.

2. A major in Africana Studies should be able to describe and critically assess, at a level appropriate for a college graduate, the main ways in which the peoples, cultures, histories, and economic resources of the African continent and its diaspora have contributed to the cultures, histories, and social institutions of the Americas, Europe, and the Caribbean.  

3.  A major in Africana Studies should be able to identify and critically engage with some of the most common misconceptions about the vast and extremely diverse African continent and peoples of African descent in the diaspora.

4. A major in Africana Studies should acquire some knowledge and critical understanding of the ways that the Atlantic slave trade, colonialism, and imperialism have shaped contemporary societies in Africa, the Americas, Europe, and the Caribbean, including current and past racial attitudes toward people of African descent.