The BA in African American Studies will help students gain an interdisciplinary understanding on past and present social, economic, and political conditions of Africans and people of African descent, and to connect their struggles for social and economic justice with those of disenfranchised peoples throughout the world.
Roosevelt's program in African and African American studies was one of the first such programs developed as part of a university curriculum in the United States. The program continues the work of the prominent scholar, St. Clair Drake, who co-authored Black Metropolis, which chronicled the "everyday lives of black people."
The degree in African and African American studies is interdisciplinary. Therefore, students have the opportunity to take courses in a range of disciplines (e.g., history, psychology, sociology, etc.). Students are also expected to connect to communities outside of the University through internships and field experiences. Finally, all students are expected to have an understanding of the black diaspora.
Those students who choose to become Drake Fellows have the opportunity to work closely with faculty affiliated with the St. Clair Drake Center for African and African American studies. In addition, these students will have the chance to work on programs and projects sponsored by the Drake Center.
Students majoring in African and African American studies have the opportunity to become involved in research being conducted by members of the affiliated faculty of the program.