AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES


Matthew L. Downs, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences; Associate Prof. of History
251.442.2588
mdowns@umobile.edu

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Matthew L. Downs, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences; Associate Prof. of History
251.442.2588
mdowns@umobile.edu

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Bachelor of Science or Arts in African American Studies

The major in African American Studies is designed to introduce students to the history and culture of African American communities. The program is interdisciplinary by design, and majors can expect to take wide-ranging courses in History, Sociology, Psychology, Christian Studies, Government and Law, and Music. Graduates will find themselves prepared for a wide range of career opportunities, including graduate study, professional schools, public administration, and community organization and development.

• Appreciate the rich history and culture of Black communities
• Develop a unique perspective on freedom and civil rights struggles in the United States
• Understand the unique challenges faced by people of color
• Appreciate how diversity shapes politics, mental well-being, and personal faith
• Make connections with community professionals in a number of fields
• Gain practical experience with a culminating internship
• Small class sizes
• Discussion and student engagement-oriented classes
• Opportunities for community service