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Director, Professor Cheryl Townsend Gilkes
Program Faculty and Advisory Committee: Professors Jeffrey Anderson (Anthropology), Charles Bassett (American Studies and English), Catherine Besteman (Anthropology), Patrick Brancaccio (English and Performing Arts), Cedric Bryant (English), Henry Gemery (Economics), Gilkes (African-American Studies and Sociology), Thomas R.W. Longstaff (Religious Studies), Paul Machlin (Music), Phyllis Mannocchi (English), Margaret McFadden (American Studies), David Nugent (Anthropology), Maritza Straughn-Williams (African-American Studies and Anthropology), John Sweney (English), James Webb (History), and Robert Weisbrot (History); also Frances Parker (assistant director, library), Geraldine Roseboro (associate dean of students and director of intercultural affairs), and two student representatives
The African-American Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program of courses organized to provide an overview and introduction to the experiences of African Americans in the United States and to connect those experiences to the literatures, histories, and cultures of Africa and of Latin America and the Caribbean. Courses in the program expose students to classical and contemporary literature, to issues of public policy, to critical debates in history and social science, and to main currents of historical and contemporary cultural expression. Students may elect a major in African-American/American studies or they may elect a minor in African-American studies built upon courses in anthropology, history, literature, economics, government, music, religious studies, and sociology. The program exposes students to the history and culture of Africans and people of African descent throughout the Americas. However, the primary focus of the program is on the literature, history, and culture of African Americans in the United States.
Requirements for the Major in African-American/American Studies
Requirements for the Minor in African-American Studies
Interested students may also consider an independent major in African-American studies or an independent major that combines African-American studies with another relevant discipline. Minors and majors are instructed to inform faculty that they are African-American studies minors or African-American/American studies joint majors when seeking the permission of the instructor to register for courses or when asking that prerequisites be waived.
231s Caribbean Society and Culture Listed as Anthropology 231 (q.v.). Four credit hours. S, D. STRAUGHN-WILLIAMS
 Burnt Biscuits and Green Onions: From Rhythm and Blues to Soul Four credit hours. A, D.
254f Women of the African Diaspora Listed as Anthropology 254 (q.v.). Four credit hours. S, D. STRAUGHN-WILLIAMS
276s African-American Culture in the United States Listed as American Studies 276 (q.v.). Four credit hours. S, D. GILKES
491f, 492s Independent Study Individual study of special problems in African-American studies in areas where the student has demonstrated the interest and competence necessary for independent work. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor and of the program director. One to four credit hours. FACULTY
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Colby is a four-year, residential, liberal arts college in Waterville, Maine. Colby offers undergraduate courses during fall and spring semesters and grants bachelors of arts degrees.