The African and African American studies program in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, is offering a new course that will fulfill the general core requirement in the humanities for undergraduate students. The course, entitled “The African American Experience,” will take an interdisciplinary approach to exploring issues of race, diversity, inclusion, and culture.
Calvin White, associate professor of history and director of the African and African American studies program, stated that “we are excited to begin offering this course as part of the university’s core curriculum especially since race is so essential in helping students understand American society past and present.”
Dr. White has taught at the University of Arkansas since 2007 and has been director of the African and African American studies program since 2011. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Central Arkansas and earned a Ph.D. in history at the University of Mississippi.
The African American Experience also will serve as the gateway course in the program’s new online minor, recently approved by the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees.