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The University of South Carolina Upstate has offered courses in literature, culture and history with an African American focus over the years, but in fall 2006, the university began offering a formal minor degree program in African American studies.
An interdisciplinary approach to history, culture and experience of African Americans from the fifteenth century to the present, the minor program attracts students interested in the African American experience from either a heritage or intellectual perspective, or a combination of both, and it will serve as a foundation experience for students who wish to pursue post-graduate study of the African American experience.
“The minor offers all students a means of understanding not just African Americans but the role that race has played in our culture and generate understanding across cultural lines of the varieties of the human experience,” says Dr. Carmen Harris, associate professor of history.
Students completing the minor program will be introduced to seven major themes throughout their studies:
USC Upstate alumni, Les Davis, graduated with a communications major and a minor in African American Studies. “The classes I have taken have given me the drive to strive – the inspiration – to go on,” he says. Davis adds that the obstacles that African Americans had to endure and the successes they have realized despite all the odds against them, has been “uplifting” and inspirational to him personally. He studied Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, Marcus Garvey, W.E.B. Dubois and Claud McKay, citing them as individuals who made their mark on African American history, American history and on him personally.
Students are required to complete 18 hours, or a minimum of four required courses and two elective courses for the minor degree.
Required courses (12 credits total):
Two Elective courses selected from the following (6 credits total):
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