African American and African Studies

African American and African Studies is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of the past and present cultures and experiences of peoples of African descent in the United States, as well as in Africa and the Caribbean basin. Through traditional classroom experiences combined with internships and study abroad opportunities, students may select the major or minor with two options: African American Studies and African Studies.

Students will be prepared for graduate school, civic leadership and employment opportunities that require critical and analytical thinking, and the ability to appreciate and apply historical and contemporary knowledge. Because students will draw on a wide range of disciplines to fulfill their concentration requirements, including literature, history, sociology, economics, anthropology, music, drama, film and the visual arts, they will be prepared for leadership and employment in both the public and private sector.

Beyond the classroom

As an African American and African Studies student at WMU, you are required to participate in a hands-on, experience-based internship; and you will be encouraged to pursue study abroad opportunities, through which you will apply your classroom knowledge and experiences.

Where is this program offered?

  • Kalamazoo

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