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.