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African American Studies

Learn about African American society and their experiences through history, literature, music, and more.

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What is African American Studies?

The African American Studies Certificate provides students with a comprehensive study of the African American, African, and Caribbean experience across disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Using an interdisciplinary approach, this program reinforces other courses in the humanities and social sciences including History, Music, Literature, Art, Communication, Sociology, and Anthropology. Students develop critical thinking and analysis skills, and they learn to value social equality, democracy, and humanitarianism.

The objectives of the African American Studies Certificate also include developing and maintaining a strong tradition of study and research that serves communities at local, state, national, and international levels in the arts as well as within a broad social context. The outcomes of this certificate program will produce scholars and citizens who are equipped to think critically. Students will also be able to engage with the issues confronting Africa and African Americans in the context of increasingly diverse local and global cultures upon completion of the program.

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What are my degree, diploma, and certificate options?

The African American Studies program culminates in a certificate. Many of the courses taken can be used for students seeking to earn an Associate of Arts. Courses taken in the African American Studies program will transfer to four-year universities in Kentucky.

What are my career options?

Knowledge and skills acquired from this curriculum prepare students for career sectors, such as business, communications, archival management, higher education, K-12, government and public administration, law, nonprofit and community organization, performing arts, psychology, mental and public health, human services, and urban development.

How Do I Pay For This?

Current FAFSA regulations allow for the cost of courses in the African American Studies program to be paid for via student loans.

What Else Do I Need to Know?

Length of Program

The program is 18 credit hours. If full-time, students can earn the certificate in one academic year.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

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