Program Learning Objectives

Students in the African American Studies major and minor are expected to demonstrate competence in five concrete Program Learning Objectives (PLOs) in three key areas:

  1. Cognitive.
    1. Describe global linkages between African Americans and other people of African descent throughout the world, articulate the impact of slavery of African peoples in U.S. society and explain how American society and its institutions have historically shaped Black Americans/African Americans.
    2. Describe and explain African-centered theories, concepts, and research.
  2. Performance/Skill:
    1. Critique historical and contemporary research literature, formulate research, interpret historical records, documents, and audiovisual materials, collect and analyze data, and draw conclusions that follow logically from the analysis.
    2. Demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills
  3. Affective:
    1. Apply knowledge on behalf of the university, local, state, regional, national, and/or global community.

Students in the African Studies minor are expected to demonstrate competence in five concrete Program Learning Objectives (PLOs) in three key areas:

  1. Cognitive:
    1. Demonstrate an understanding of African civilizations, articulate the political, economic, and social movements for the liberation of African people worldwide, and describe the impact of colonization of African peoples and societies.
    2. Demonstrate an understanding of African-centered theories, concepts, and research.
  2. Performance/Skill:
    1. Critique historical and contemporary research literature, formulate research, interpret historical records, documents, and audiovisual materials, collect and analyze data, and draw conclusions that follow logically from the analysis.
    2. Demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills
  3. Affective:
    1. Apply knowledge on behalf of the university, local, state, regional, national, and/or global community.