African And African American Studies

 

 

History of African and African American Studies at Towson

Originally called the Afro-American Studies Program, this program developed out of the Civil Rights Movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Conceived as an interdisciplinary program, it drew faculty principally from the College of Liberal Arts. The program initially was offered as a concentration requiring 42 units. However, in 2002, the African American Advisory Committee re-examined the program, and the high number of requirements, and decided to reduce the required units to 21, changing the concentration to a minor. Simultaneously, it expanded its scope and title to African and African American Studies. The objective was to attract more students and broaden its curriculum to the African Diaspora, thereby including courses on Continental Africa and the Caribbean, in addition to North America.

 

 

 

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