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African-American Studies

50% or more of this program can be completed online.

Make a difference while making a career with an associate degree in African American Studies

Monroe Community College’s African American Studies A.S. degree program provides excellent preparation for transfer to a four-year institution and a wide range of career paths. You’ll study the regional and national issues that relate to the African American experience—and advance your understanding of group identity, inclusion and exclusion, intergroup conflict, and inequalities based not only on race, but gender, ethnicity, and income. Through this unique interdisciplinary program, the credits you’ll earn at MCC are transferable to a wide range of bachelor’s degree programs and careers, including those in:

  • Sociology
  • African American Studies
  • Public Policy
  • Social Work
  • Business and human resources
  • Law or criminal justice
  • Non-profit management

Learn in real-world situations. Develop skills valued in our culturally-diverse society

The African American Studies degree program will expand your knowledge of the historical and contemporary injustices of racial oppression. A dynamic combination of coursework, field experiences and service learning is designed to sharpen your ability to write and think critically, and communicate effectively. As a result, this transfer degree program will prepare you to succeed, and thrive, in careers that require a strong understanding of diversity, such as:

  • Field work and management in government agencies
  • Leadership in community organizations
  • Professional legal service advocates, including paralegals and attorneys
  • Representatives within multinational corporations
  • Secondary and post-secondary educators

Get in touch with Monroe Community College’s admissions office to learn more about the opportunities you can create with a degree in African American Studies. Contact us at (585) 292-2200 or at admissions@monroecc.edu.

AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES

A.S. Degree - Transfer Program

Department:Anthrop/History/Poli. Science/Sociology

School(s): Social Sciences & Global Studies

MCC Program Code: AF01

50% or more of this program can be completed online.

This program's design is based on: New MCC General Education

Description
The African-American studies program aims to provide students with a broad-based interdisciplinary education, enabling the participants to explore and integrate knowledge related to African-American studies for eventual transfer and/or future organizational leadership roles. It strives to provide fresh ideas, new perspectives and possible solutions to historical and contemporary African-American issues. The program will appeal to anyone who wants to understand the historical and contemporary injustices of racial oppression as well as those who desire to acquire the capabilities of transcending oppression, building environments of unity in diversity, and championing social justice.

Program Learning Outcomes
1. Explain the history of African Americans from slavery to current times
2. Discuss theories of African-American progress
3. Describe the contributions of African Americans in U.S. culture
4. Explain the influence of African Americans in a global context
5. Distinguish between attitudinal and institutional racism
6. Explain the intersection of race, gender and class in American society
7. Analyze the various ways of achieving racial justice in the U.S.
8. Develop a practical personal plan for social change
9. Articulate strategies for promoting effective public discourse on race
10. Write effectively to communicate an understanding, application, analysis or evaluation of African-American life and history.

Employment Potential
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Requirements for Program Entrance
Algebra (1 year high school math or placement into level 4 math at MCC).

Distribution Requirements
Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
3
MTH 160 Statistics I#
3
ANT 102 Cultural Anthropology
3
AFS 100/HIS 102 Introduction to African-American Studies
3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
3
First Semester Total:
15
SECOND SEMESTER
HIS 103 African-American History I: to 1865
3
PHL 210 Human Rights and Democracy in Domestic and International Contexts
3
POS 102 American National Government
3
SOC 201 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
3
SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - NATURAL SCIENCE (SUNY-NS) ELECTIVE**
3-4
Second Semester Total:
15-16
THIRD SEMESTER
ENG 210 Literature of the Black Experience
3
HIS 104 African-American History II: since 1865
3
PHL 108 World Religions: Western Traditions
3
SOC 202 Urban Sociology
3
PROGRAM ELECTIVE*
3
Third Semester Total:
15
FOURTH SEMESTER
HIS 240 American Urban History
3
AFS 200/SOC 205 African-American Family
3
MCC GENERAL EDUCATION HEALTH AND WELLNESS (MCC-HW) ELECTIVE***
3
PROGRAM ELECTIVE*
3
OPEN ELECTIVE**
3
Fourth Semester Total:
15
TOTAL CREDITS:
60-61
*Program Electives: ANT 201, 202; ENG 216, 230; HIS 111, 112, 211; MUS 120, 150; PHL 103, POS 210, 234; SOC 102, 203, 206, 210, 216.
**Recommended courses: BIO 132 with BIO 133.
***Recommended course: HED 108.
#To complete the MTH 160 requirement, the student may need to take the following Math course first, based on Math placement: Level 1: TRS 092; Level 2 or 3: TRS 094; Level 4-6: MTH 096; Level 8: MTH 160 (required).

Revised: 07/26/2018
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