In the Spring of 2020, GGC will begin offering the African American Studies minor. The minor will explore the history, politics, and culture of African Americans.
This fall, though, GGC is offering its first African American Studies course.
This new course, titled “Introduction to African American Studies” (AFAM 2100), will cover terminology, common theories, and some history.
There will be information sessions in October. Additionally, instructors will hold an open forum, and students will also be able to “drop by” this new class even if they’re not enrolled.
“I put an offer for a ‘drop by class’ in which anybody can come by, even if they’re not enrolled in the course, just to see what the course is about and get a feel for what it’s like,” said Professor Ebony Gibson, a committee member for the minor.
What the minor offers
To obtain the minor, students will need to complete a total of 15 credit hours. Many of the courses that will fall under this minor already exist and will be pulled from various departments, including but not limited to, English, history, and sociology.
“Students can expect to be provided with an interdisciplinary background that helps them develop their analytical, critical thinking, and writing skills while gaining knowledge about the lives and conditions of people from African descent,” said Dr. MetCalfe, a committee member for the minor.
“The minor is something that I always had in mind when I first arrived at GGC,” Professor Gibson said. “I thought that it would be a good fit for the GGC environment. It would help with our mission of diversity.”
During Professor Gibson’s first year, she met Michael Griffin, a GGC alumnus. Griffin was trying as a student to get the minor started, but by the time they figured it out, he had graduated.
The minors’ committee has plans to collaborate with the Black Student Union to support their programs, “such as the W.E.B. Dubois celebration [held] every February,” Prof. Gibson said.
In addition to extracurriculars, Marenda Scales, Editor-in-Chief of The Globe, has created a podcast about Afrofuturism that touches on similar topics.
Afrofuturism is an aesthetic movement which combines futuristic science-fiction themes with elements of black history and culture.
“I wanted to take a look at how Afrofuturism is being portrayed in various modalities,” Scales said. “The podcast takes a look at how Afrofuturism is portrayed in music, television, and literature.”
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