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libraryThe African American Studies department of The College of New Jersey is an interdisciplinary teacher-scholar community whose faculty embodies professional excellence, promotes engaged learning, and provides original intellectual contributions to their respective fields. As teachers of the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences the department promotes the discovery and creation of knowledge, independent and critical inquiry, professional and scholarly activity, and student/faculty/community collaboration. Student-scholars of the African American Studies department learn theoretical and applied skills central to a liberal arts education.

The interdisciplinary and diasporic focus of the department is unique, providing a comprehensive understanding of Africa and African Diaspora culture and history, and American political, social, and cultural development. Finally, our community of learners, in the African American Studies program, exemplifies the college’s commitment to diversity by participating in campus, local, state, national, and international activities that train students to anticipate and meet the demands of a multiracial world.

African American Studies Core Beliefs

The African American Studies Department affirms its Core Beliefs as fundamental to its Mission.

  • The department comprises an intellectual community among faculty, students, alumni, and staff.
  • The department actively participates in current scholarly debates and inquiries about the creation, enhancement, validation, and dissemination of knowledge.
  • The department promotes a scholarly and intellectual community built upon the interdisciplinary composition of its diverse faculty.
  • The department considers the multidisciplinary perspectives informing approaches to the African Diaspora.
  • The department promotes intellectual curiosity, creativity, active learning, and independent thought.
  • The department encourages active participation from our students-scholars in the construction, discovery, recovery, and dissemination of knowledge.
  • The department integrates technology and pedagogy, giving the student-scholar a unique approach to contemporary issues that prepare them for challenges of our multiracial world.
  • The department enhances student’s ability to articulate a greater awareness of the social implications and consequences of a multicultural world.
  • The department gives student-scholars a transformative learning-center intellectual experience.
  • The department believes the educational experience is enhanced by the inclusion of a diverse community of faculty, staff, artists, visiting-scholars, and other guests.

African American Studies Minor Learning Outcomes

Students Graduating with an African American Studies minor will embody the following Learning Objectives.

  • Graduates will be knowledgeable of the strengths and weakness of the theoretical models related to African Diaspora courses, scholarship, and issues.
  • Graduates will be able to identify key theories and methodologies relevant to the study of people of African ancestry.
  • Graduates will be able to articulate an enhanced awareness of the socioeconomic and political implications and consequences of a multiracial world.
  • Graduates will be able to depict and explain how others have told stories about people of African descent using: historical narratives, literature, film/visual imagery, popular culture, religion, and the Arts.Graduates will be able to demonstrate multimedia literacy that encompasses a range of presentation formats, one of which must be hypertextual.
  • Graduates will be able to depict and explain how people of African ancestry explain themselves through: autobiography, photography, historical narrative, oral traditions, religion, material culture, film, and the arts.
  • Graduates will be able to explain global constructions of race.
  • Graduates will able to interrogate definitions of the African Diaspora.
  • Graduates will have an understanding the diversity of Africa and its Diaspora’s voices.
  • Graduates will be aware of the nuances of how gender, race, and class have impacted the people of Africa and its Diaspora, and how people of African descent are depicted and explained globally and how they have depicted and explained themselves as a result.
  • Graduates will able to demonstrate comprehension of the relationship between traditional African acts of resistance to oppression in global communities.
  • Graduates will be able to identify women and men central to the history, religious practices, literary traditions, artistic production, intellectual movements, institutional developments, and study of people of African descent.