African American Studies

image of WrightThe mission of the African-American Studies Department is to instruct students in the culture and history of the African-American people, to promote better communication and understanding among the peoples of our diverse society. Topics of study include early and modern African-American history, as well as modern sociological concerns.

To earn an AA degree in African-American Studies, you must complete six major courses for a total of 18 units and the General Education requirements for the Associate in Arts Degree listed in the Degrees and Programs section of the College of Alameda course catalog. See Degree Requirements at left for details.



Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

  • Recognize the transversality between race and other social or cultural identities confronting peoples of the African Diaspora, including issues of ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, and class.
  • Develop a clear understanding of the richness and complexity of the interdisciplinary scholarship in African American Studies.
  • Respect for the culture, values, and belief systems of the global community of individuals and groups; understand the commonalities among members of the human race while also understanding how concepts such as race, gender, culture, ethnicity and religion introduce real and contrived differences between and among groups.
  • Articulate the acquisition of a solid knowledge-base in the history, culture, and experiences of African people around the globe, and the contributions they have made to the development of world civilizations.



    Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) may be assessed using:

  • Surveys
  • Questionnaires
  • Review of collected data
  • Other methods