African American Studies undergraduate courses are offered in three subfields – African American Culture and Life, Race & Public Policy, and Global Race & Ethnicity.
African American Culture and Life (AACL) Subfield
In this track, students encounter the theoretical canon and keywords, which shape the contemporary discipline of African American Studies. Accessing a range of interdisciplinary areas, situated primarily in the United States, students will learn to take a critical posture in examining the patterns and practices that order and transform black subjects and black life.
Race and Public Policy (RPP) Subfield
In the Race and Public Policy subfield students use and interrogate social science methodologies in examining the condition of the American state and American institutions and practices. With an analysis of race and ethnicity at the center, students will examine the development of institutions and practices, with the growth and formation of racial and ethnic identities, including changing perceptions, measures, and reproduction of inequality.
Global Race and Ethnicity (GRE) Subfield
In the Global Race and Ethnicity subfield students use the prevailing analytical tools and critical perspectives of African American studies to consider comparative approaches to groups, broadly defined. Students will examine the intellectual traditions, socio-political contexts, expressive forms, and modes of belonging of people who are understood to share common boundaries/experiences as either:
(1) Africans and the African Diaspora outside of the United States and
(2) non-African-descended people of color within the United States.