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Africana and Black Studies Minor

Group in South AfricaAfricana and Black Studies is an interdisciplinary program with a curriculum drawn from courses CWU’s various colleges. The program is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the complexities of Africa and the African diaspora.  Emphasizing interdisciplinary area studies and providing innovative learning experiences that prepare students for life in a changing world, Africana and Black Studies supports the university’s commitment to diversity, inclusiveness, and internalization of the curriculum. Through collaboration with the university's colleges and the Office of International Studies and Programs, Africana and Black Studies offers students a diverse and distinct area of study.

Africana and Black Studies primarily serves students enrolled for a baccalaureate degree at the Ellensburg campus of CWU who want to pursue a program of study that concentrates on Africa and the African diaspora for educational and pre-professional objectives. Africana and Black Studies students typically pursue careers in international business, politics, service, cultural affairs, K-12 education, law and justice, or higher education; these students seek the expertise and education needed to frame their professional futures in a global economy.

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The ABS Program is dedicated to preparing global citizens equipped with intersectional, interdisciplinary, and transnational perspectives that foster a sense of social consciousness, responsibility, and justice. ABS seeks to: (1) facilitate students’ understanding of marginalized peoples; (2) prepare students to lead and work in a diverse society and global market place; (3) foster students’ cultural enrichment to promote their understanding of the dynamics of U.S and global political, social, and economic systems; and (4) challenge students to examine their assumptions and preconceptions about race, gender, class, sexuality, religion, and the human experience.



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