Prairie View A&M University in Texas Creates a Major in African American Studies

Now of the first time in the nearly 150-year history of historically Black Prairie View A&M University in Texas, students will be able to pursue major and minor degree programs in African American studies.

Funded in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, an anonymous contribution, and a matching grant, the new degree program will prepare the emerging generation of leaders to communicate effectively, think critically, research, and examine any field of work through a comprehensive cultural lens.

The stated goals of the new program are:

  1. Ensure students receive an appropriate grounding in the field’s major themes and can place these themes in a historical context and use the knowledge to address the social science issues of race, racism, and inequality in African Americans’ lives.
  2. Develop students’ critical, analytical, research, writing, and oral skills.
  3. Emphasize the importance of diverse perspectives and intersecting identities in understanding the lives of African Americans.
  4. Promote civic and community engagement activities among students and faculty to enhance African American communities.

“A part of the HBCU experience for many students is a journey to self-identification, Blackness, and trying to understand the Black experience better,” said Jeanelle Hope, an associate professor and director of new degree programs. “It [African American Studies] provides students with the language to understand the world around them and an opportunity to engage key theories, concepts and methods that seek to make sense of the Black experience and amplify our narratives.”

Dr. Hope is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach. She holds a master’s degree in Pan-African studies from Syracuse University and a Ph.D. in cultural studies from the University of California, Davis.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

Jamila Taylor Named President of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research

"I am eager to set a path for IWPR that builds upon its reputation as a trusted economic and equity think tank, producing ground-breaking research and bold policy solutions that advance gender equality in ways that are meaningful and long-lasting," says Dr. Taylor.

Three African Americans Appointed to New Academic Positions

Leon Prieto, Kofi Afrifah, and Andrea Moore have been appointed to new academic positions at Clayton University, Bowie State University, and Savannah State University, respectively.

Historic HBCU Landmark Revitalized Through National Park Service Grant

Through three restoration grants totaling $2 million, the Rosenwald Practice School and Principal House will be fully restored, becoming the new home for the Northeastern North Carolina African American Research and Cultural Heritage Institute.

Five Black Leaders Appointed to Administrative Positions

Here is this week’s roundup of African American who have been appointed to new administrative positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States. If you have news for our appointments section, please email the information to contact@JBHE.com.

Featured Jobs