Length of Program: 90 Credits Completion Award: A.A. Degree
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The 90 credit Associate in Arts degree is designed to meet the general education requirements at Washington State four-year institutions and prepares students for baccalaureate majors in African Studies or African American Studies. African Studies is also excellent preparation for graduate study in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Social Work, Law, Business and Education.
African Studies — What is it?
African Studies focuses on knowledge of specific cultures and nations on the African continent, exploring the historical experiences of African peoples and the impact of African Diaspora on the world. Issues of race, power and privilege are addressed in both contemporary and historical contexts to guide students toward active citizenship and ethical decision making to foster social justice and equity in the modern world.
Contemporary issues in African Studies:
Colonialism/Nationalism, Pre-Contact Trade Networks, Islamic Influence, Christianization, Language Classification, Trans-Continental Migration, Ancient African Civilizations.
Career Opportunities — What can I do with a Bachelor’s Degree in African Studies?
Students majoring in African Studies develop leadership skills to live and work effectively in pluralistic societies. From advocacy and negotiations, to conflict management, counseling, critical thinking and interpersonal communications, African Studies majors develop skills essential to peace, equity and justice around the world.
Potential employers include:
Local, State and Federal Government Agencies, Public and Private Schools, College and Universities, Health Care Facilities, Community and Social Service Organizations, Public Advocacy Groups, Non-Profit Organizations, Foundations, Historical Societies, Museums, Libraries, Business and Industry, Media and Publishing Companies, Law Firms and Human Rights Groups. For more, please visit Career Counseling.
Transfer Possibilities — Where can I transfer?
An Associate Degree from Shoreline makes it possible for students to transfer to public and private colleges and universities throughout the U.S. with junior standing. Shoreline also has agreements with several universities to make transferring even easier. Please visit our transfer agreements page for a list of those options. For transfer within Washington State, we offer a special degree called the AA-DTA. For international students, Shoreline also has conditional admission agreements that allow a student to be simultaneously accepted by Shoreline and a university of the student's choosing.