III. Minor in African American Studies:
A.Objectives: The minor in African American Studies is designed to underscore the contributions of people of African descent to American history and to emphasize the importance of diversity to the Corps of Cadets. Through the interdisciplinary study of history, politics, literature, and sociology the program aims to highlight the significance of race, gender, and ethnicity and to encourage an appreciation for cultural heritage while promoting excellence in teaching, research, and community service. It further aims:
- To improve studentsí knowledge of the African-American experience.
- To cultivate studentsí ability to think critically, to express themselves effectively, and to respect cultural and gender diversity.
- To encourage faculty to share their expertise with the community and to maintain a community service component which promotes special classes, symposia, forums; the result will be a contribution to the intellectual, cultural, and spiritual growth of The Citadel and the community.
B. Structure of the Minor: The minor will consist of 5 courses (15 credit hours). One of the courses is required of all minors. The other four must be taken from a list of approved electives. Nine of the total fifteen hours must be competed through courses taken at The Citadel.
1. Required Course: All minors must satisfactorily complete the following course.
HIST 205 Introduction to African American Studies
2. Elective Group A: All minors must also satisfactorily complete at least two of the following Group A courses (a minimum total of six credit hours) .
ENGL 349 African American Literature
HIST 310 African American History to 1865
HIST 311 African American history since 1865
HIST 409 The Modern Civil Rights Movement
OTHER: relevant Independent Study in any discipline; approved Senior Research Project or Internship; any relevant course taught by departments as a special topic whose primary focus is the African-American experience.
3. Elective Group B: All minors may take, and count toward the minor, up to two (a maximum total of six credit hours) of the following Group B courses.
ANTH 202 Cultural Anthropology
ENGL 340 Southern Literature to 1900
ENGL 348 Twentieth Century Southern Literature
HIST 402 South Carolina history
HIST 406 Old South
HIST 407 New South
PSCI 307 Southern Politics
PSCI 341 African Affairs
PSCI 462 Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
PSYC 305 Social Psychology
SOCI 304 Minority Group Relations
4. Projected Course of Study: Students will be required to file a declaration of intent with the director of the program by the end of the first semester of the junior year. This declaration will outline the projected course of study and will be approved by the director. In addition to approving this projected course of study, the director will assume responsibility for publicizing the program and for monitoring each studentís progress toward fulfilling the requirements of the minor; in this latter capacity, the director will be responsible for verifying that the student has met the requirements of the minor and for notifying the Records Office to that effect.
Total Credit Hours Requiredó15, at least 9 of which must be completed at The Citadel.