What does it cost?
Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

The typical pathway requires 60 semester hours — 42 hours in core curriculum and 18 hours in pathway courses.

Where can I take classes?
Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody, Newton, Online (some courses)

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester (starts in August) — Due by Aug. 1
Spring Semester (starts in January) — Due by Dec. 1
Summer Semester (starts in late May) — Due by May 1

African-American Studies Pathway, Associate of Arts

What Is African-American Studies?

African American Studies is the systematic study and exploration of people of African descent in the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and Africa. It is a critical examination, analysis and interpretation of the experiences, traditions and dynamics of people of African descent. Students are exposed to the historical, cultural, political, economic, social and psychological effects of people in the African-American community.

Why Pursue African-American Studies?

African-American Studies offers an interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary approach to the study of people of African descent through the lens of ethnicity, culture, gender, sexuality and social structure. Through scholarly research, theoretical inquiry and policy analysis, African-American Studies is committed to the promotion of social justice, social responsibility and community engagement in order to reflect a positive social change. The curriculum promotes critical thinking, research analysis and proficiency in oral and written communication to prepare students for diverse professions in various career fields.

On pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor’s degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.

African-American Studies Pathway, Associate of Arts

What Is African-American Studies?

African American Studies is the systematic study and exploration of people of African descent in the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and Africa. It is a critical examination, analysis and interpretation of the experiences, traditions and dynamics of people of African descent. Students are exposed to the historical, cultural, political, economic, social and psychological effects of people in the African-American community.

Why Pursue African-American Studies?

African-American Studies offers an interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary approach to the study of people of African descent through the lens of ethnicity, culture, gender, sexuality and social structure. Through scholarly research, theoretical inquiry and policy analysis, African-American Studies is committed to the promotion of social justice, social responsibility and community engagement in order to reflect a positive social change. The curriculum promotes critical thinking, research analysis and proficiency in oral and written communication to prepare students for diverse professions in various career fields.

On pathways: A pathway is an advising guide to help students prepare for their intended bachelor’s degree major. By following the course of study outlined in the appropriate Associate of Arts or Associate of Science pathway, students will have the necessary prerequisite courses to continue in their chosen disciplines. A pathway is not a major and will not be represented on the diploma.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

The typical pathway requires 60 semester hours — 42 hours in core curriculum and 18 hours in pathway courses.

Where can I take classes?
Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody, Newton, Online (some courses)

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester (starts in August) — Due by Aug. 1
Spring Semester (starts in January) — Due by Dec. 1
Summer Semester (starts in late May) — Due by May 1

Students should consult with advisers to confirm availability of online courses and requirements or additional costs that may be associated with courses. Students should check with advisers about which campuses offer the courses they need. Typically, core courses required for pathways can be taken at most locations and online, while pathway-specific courses may require attendance at a particular location.

Careers

African-American Studies can provide career opportunities in the following areas:

Management and Industry
Cultural resources manager, civil service worker, social worker, human resources worker

Communication and Media
Journalist, media relations specialist, linguist/interpreter

Education
High school teacher, administrator, professor, student affairs professional,  college or university administrator

Non-Profit/Advocacy
Peace Corps staff member, program administrator, HIV/AIDS prevention activist 

Government/Politics
Foreign service specialist, political analyst, public administration employee, state and local government employee, civil service worker, community urban planner, public affairs and policy employee

Additional Areas
Sociological research, employment counseling, law, the arts and psychology

Graduate School
The Georgia State College of Arts & Sciences offers an African-American Studies graduate degree at the master of arts level and a doctorate program in History.

Pathway Details

Admission to Perimeter College

Goals & Outcomes

As part of Georgia State University, Perimeter College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools: Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) to award associate degrees. Successful completion of a pathway at Perimeter College leads to an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Georgia State University.

The Africa- American Studies pathway leads to an Associate of Arts degree. Completion requires 42 credit hours in Areas A-E of the core curriculum and 18 hours of Area F courses appropriate to the pathway. The Area F selections should include required classes and courses chosen from approved options. View the specific curriculum requirements in the catalog.

Description

Contacts

Alpharetta Campus

Adam Stone
Associate Chair of History, Political Science & African-American Studies
770-274-5714
astone@gsu.edu

Karon Edge-Fitzpatrick
Administrative Assistant
770-274-5609
kedge3@gsu.edu

Clarkston Campus

George Vargis
Interim Chair & Associate History, Political Science & African-American Studies
678-891-2402
gvargis@gsu.edu

Shaiman Hussain
Administrative Assistant
678-891-3368
shussain16@gsu.edu

Decatur Campus

Mark Flowers
Associate Chair of History, Political Science & African-American Studies
678-891-3401
mflowers@gsu.edu

Donna McLean
Administrative Assistant
678-891-2613
dmclean@gsu.edu

Dunwoody Campus

Crystal Garrett
Associate Chair of History, Political Science & African American Studies
770-274-5410
cgarrett@gsu.edu

Charlene Bearden
Administrative Assistant
770-274-5405
cbearden@gsu.edu

Newton Campus

Salli Vargis
Associate Chair of History, Political Science & African-American Studies
678-891-3401
svargis@gsu.edu

Lakita Williams
Administrative Assistant
770-278-1381
lwilliams160@gsu.edu

Online

Marc Zayac
Associate Chair of History, Political Science & African American Studies
Clarkston Campus
678-891-3289
mzayac@gsu.edu

Johnetta Hawkins
Administrative Assistant
Online
678-212-7541
jhawkins20@gsu.edu

The information shared here provides an overview of Georgia State’s offerings. For details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more, refer to the university catalogs.