African-American Studies

African-American Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Sciences – African-American Studies Concentration

Whether you’re exploring relevant career opportunities or just want to get to know more about this fascinating field, East-West University has the behavioral science degree program with an African-American Studies Minor, in Chicago, that you need.

African American Studies involves the comprehensive and multi-disciplinary study of the varied experiences of peoples of African descent. You’ll investigate the complex social, economic, political, cultural and historical development of people of African descent in the United States. A particular emphasis will be given on the exploration of the current socio-economic, cultural and political trends in the African-American community with a vision toward the future. The framework of analysis will help you develop an analytical ability that is also based in interdisciplinary skills and research.

Note: This area of focused Interest suggests 20 additional Credit Hours to complete. Course recommendations include EN 341; HS 331; HS 336; PL 313, and PS 203. Students choosing the African American studies minor are required to complete 20 additional credit hours. This would include courses in African-American Literature, African-American History, Psychology of the African-American Experiences and Politics of American Minorities.

Career Options in African-American Studies

From psychology and sociology to history, the B.A. in behavioral sciences at East-West University will help you acquire the skills necessary for most professional entry level jobs – especially those which require “people skills.” You’re career prospects will benefit from the combined interdisciplinary preparation in comparative economics, database management, statistics, social research, history, political science, sociology and psychology as well as the unique subject matter involved in this concentration area.

Your concentration in African & African-American studies also provides the appropriate training for those interested in pursuing admission to graduate or professional schools and careers in such areas as:

  • Education
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Business management
  • City planning
  • International relations
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Publishing
  • Social work

Curricular Requirements

Curricular requirements must comply with all general academic requirements for a bachelor’s degree, including:

  • Completion of 180 quarter hours,
  • Residency requirement of 48 quarter hours
  • Completion of HM 279 (East-West University Signature course)
  • Completion of HM 491 (Senior Seminar),
  • An overall GPA of 2.0 and a 2.5 GPA in the major,
  • Compliance with Satisfactory Academic Progress policy pertaining to both Grade Maintenance and Timely Completion,
  • All outcome measures required by the assessment program must be passed successfully,
  • All financial obligations must be cleared

The program embodies three broad blocks of curricular requirements or components:

I: General Education Core (64 quarter hours);
II: BHS core and concentration courses 60 quarter hours
III: Elective courses (56 quarter hours), for a total of 180 quarter hours

I: General Education Core courses:

  • 5 specified courses in English and Communications for a total of 20 quarter hours;
  • 1 specified mathematics course, one biology course, and 12 additional hours from biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics for a total of 20 hours;
  • 1 specified humanities course and 16 additional quarter hours selected from behavioral and social sciences and humanities for a total of 20 hours;
  • 1 specified course from computer and information science for a total of 4 hours.

II: BHS Core and selected African-American Studies concentration area courses

  • 11 specified BHS core courses, and an additional 16 hours BHS elective courses for a total of 60 hours
III: Elective courses:
  • 56 quarter hours from freely selected courses