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Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies

Be a part of an inclusive analysis of the Black experience in America and connect education to the communities around us.

African American Studies examines our current culture from this historical perspective of Americans of African descent. The program creates an inclusive environment to study socially relevant issues of racial identity formation, structural and institutional racism, and strategies to build inclusive systems/communities. The African American Studies program at Spalding University is unique because of the emphasis on social justice.

African American Studies connects the coursework to the community through embedded service-learning experiences, internships, and research that has a direct impact on the lived experiences of the people in its community. The African American Studies program will provide in person, online, and hybrid courses.

Areas of Study

The four tracks within the program will be:

General Studies

Includes a variation of Social Science and Humanities courses in African American Studies and provides a foundation of knowledge of African American history and experiences with a non-specified concentration among Social Science and Humanities courses.

Policy, Law, and Social Justice

Addresses the historical and current issues in these specific areas. Students who engage this track will take interdisciplinary courses that address local and national developments in the realms of policy, law, and social justice.

Education and Socialization

Examines historical and contemporary trends and issues that influence Black communities’ ability to social and economic progress and its cultural practices. This track is designed to analyze the nature and impact of teaching, learning, and cultural affirmation in Black communities. Courses in Literature and Religion are key as they contribute to education and socialization, respectively.

Gender and Sexuality

Examines intersectionality of identity politics intertwined with race, parenthood, politics of gender, class, sexuality, and sexual justice.

Career Opportunities

African American Studies majors develop skills that are a necessity within today’s employers. These skills promote inclusion, diversity, and empathetic leadership that drives change. Careers by African American Study majors include: research, analysis, writing, critical thinking, and problem solving. Graduates can find themselves in career within the following industries:

  • Agencies
  • Nonprofits
  • Educational Institutions
  • Businesses
  • Graduate Studies
  • Grassroots Organizations

Ankh Maat Wedjau Honor Society

Through the National Council of Black Studies, eligible students will be annually nominated by African American Studies faculty and African American Studies affiliated faculty to the Ankh Maat Wedjau Honor Society. The purpose of this honor society is the study, research, publication and other scholarly activity in the field of Africana Studies among students at academic institutions, and among academic professionals in the field of Africana studies.

Earn your african american studies degree in just 120 credit hours.

  • 52 hours of general university studies
  • 45 credit hours of major courses
  • 23 credit hours of general elective course

Financial Aid Options

Spalding University has a robust offering of financial aid including scholarships, grants, loans, and other types of aid. Check out our Financial Aid page for more information.

African American Studies Mission

The African American Studies major creates an opportunity for an explicit inclusion of a diverse community of learners within Spalding. This degree pathway supports interdisciplinary educational experiences that embeds community engagement in a just and peaceful world. In meeting the needs of the time, there are a number of cultural and social issues that need ongoing examination for engagement to facilitate change. A major in African American Studies will actively work to live into the Spalding mission.

Mission-Focused Approach to Learning

At Spalding, we are a diverse community of learners out to change the world. Our graduates serve at every organizational level. We have health and service professionals on the ground changing lives, business leaders transforming teams, and social movers and shakers affecting change. Through our university mission, we’ve made a commitment to fixing what is broken. On the highest level, we work to create solutions and ignite conversations focused on peace, justice and compassion. On a small scale, we put compassion into action through service to individuals and communities. We hope that you will join our movement to make a difference in the lives of others.

Questions? Contact us

Undergraduate Admissions

Call or text: (502) 585-7111

Email: admissions@spalding.edu

Be a part of an inclusive analysis of the Black experience in America and connect education to the communities around us.

African American Studies examines our current culture from this historical perspective of Americans of African descent. The program creates an inclusive environment to study socially relevant issues of racial identity formation, structural and institutional racism, and strategies to build inclusive systems/communities. The African American Studies program at Spalding University is unique because of the emphasis on social justice.

African American Studies connects the coursework to the community through embedded service-learning experiences, internships, and research that has a direct impact on the lived experiences of the people in its community. The African American Studies program will provide in person, online, and hybrid courses.

Areas of Study

The four tracks within the program will be:

General Studies

Includes a variation of Social Science and Humanities courses in African American Studies and provides a foundation of knowledge of African American history and experiences with a non-specified concentration among Social Science and Humanities courses.

Policy, Law, and Social Justice

Addresses the historical and current issues in these specific areas. Students who engage this track will take interdisciplinary courses that address local and national developments in the realms of policy, law, and social justice.

Education and Socialization

Examines historical and contemporary trends and issues that influence Black communities’ ability to social and economic progress and its cultural practices. This track is designed to analyze the nature and impact of teaching, learning, and cultural affirmation in Black communities. Courses in Literature and Religion are key as they contribute to education and socialization, respectively.

Gender and Sexuality

Examines intersectionality of identity politics intertwined with race, parenthood, politics of gender, class, sexuality, and sexual justice.

Career Opportunities

African American Studies majors develop skills that are a necessity within today’s employers. These skills promote inclusion, diversity, and empathetic leadership that drives change. Careers by African American Study majors include: research, analysis, writing, critical thinking, and problem solving. Graduates can find themselves in career within the following industries:

  • Agencies
  • Nonprofits
  • Educational Institutions
  • Businesses
  • Graduate Studies
  • Grassroots Organizations

Ankh Maat Wedjau Honor Society

Through the National Council of Black Studies, eligible students will be annually nominated by African American Studies faculty and African American Studies affiliated faculty to the Ankh Maat Wedjau Honor Society. The purpose of this honor society is the study, research, publication and other scholarly activity in the field of Africana Studies among students at academic institutions, and among academic professionals in the field of Africana studies.

Earn your african american studies degree in just 120 credit hours.

  • 52 hours of general university studies
  • 45 credit hours of major courses
  • 23 credit hours of general elective course

Related Programs

Financial Aid Options

Spalding University has a robust offering of financial aid including scholarships, grants, loans, and other types of aid. Check out our Financial Aid page for more information.

African American Studies Mission

The African American Studies major creates an opportunity for an explicit inclusion of a diverse community of learners within Spalding. This degree pathway supports interdisciplinary educational experiences that embeds community engagement in a just and peaceful world. In meeting the needs of the time, there are a number of cultural and social issues that need ongoing examination for engagement to facilitate change. A major in African American Studies will actively work to live into the Spalding mission.

Mission-Focused Approach to Learning

At Spalding, we are a diverse community of learners out to change the world. Our graduates serve at every organizational level. We have health and service professionals on the ground changing lives, business leaders transforming teams, and social movers and shakers affecting change. Through our university mission, we’ve made a commitment to fixing what is broken. On the highest level, we work to create solutions and ignite conversations focused on peace, justice and compassion. On a small scale, we put compassion into action through service to individuals and communities. We hope that you will join our movement to make a difference in the lives of others.

Questions? Contact us

Undergraduate Admissions

Call or text: (502) 585-7111

Email: admissions@spalding.edu