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Africana Studies Program / Learning Goals

Students in Africana Studies at RIC are expected to be able:

  • to recall historical chronology that gave rise to the field of Africana Studies;
  • to identify the important contributors to the field, and explain the relevance of the field for both the academy and society;
  • to recite major events, dates, and persons in the chronology of the global black experience;
  • to demonstrate familiarity with the history and impact of resistance against racism, colonialism, enslavement, poverty, and injustice;
  • to discuss sociological and psychological theories with reference to the global black experiences;
  • to cite the principle contributions of the major literary, musical, and artistic figures in the black experience;
  • to show how the experiences of blacks have been an integral part of American and world history;
  • to demonstrate college-level skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, researching, and reasoning.

In short, Africana students should be able to negotiate the transdisciplinary relationship among the anthropological, historical, psychological, religious, sociological, aesthetic/literary, linguistic, economic, political, medical, scientific, and technological areas of black life.​

Page last updated: March 03, 2020