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ERIC Number: EJ1127676
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Dec
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2353-9518
African Studies as a Part of Philologists' Professional Training in the USA
Ikonnikova, Maryna
Comparative Professional Pedagogy, v6 n4 p41-46 Dec 2016
It has been concluded that until recently debates on what is understood as African Studies have involved American scholars or have been mainly located within the African Studies Association (ASA) in the USA. Lately, European scholars have begun to occupy more discursive space and challenged Afrocentric orientations as well. African Studies emerged, on the one hand, predominantly due to the states' participation in either the colonisation or decolonisation of Africa and its people. On the other hand, powerful strategic geopolitical dimensions have motivated the emphasis on area studies and, in particular, African studies, in the United States after Second World War. It has been stated that American curricula consist of the following groups of subjects: (1) the major, i.e. the subjects which provide the required level of knowledge, abilities and skills in a particular area; (2) the minor, i.e. the subjects, that are necessary for better mastering of specialization subjects; (3) other areas of concentration, which are also a part of the curriculum (optional classes, etc.); (4) liberal studies courses, that provide mastering necessary skills and understanding of the interconnectedness of different fields of knowledge; (5) upper division courses, that are studied at the third and fourth years of study; and (6) electives, which students can choose to explore new fields or expand the list of both professionally oriented and non-oriented courses. Based on the results generated by the official websites providing applicants with relevant information about degree programs, we have found out that African Studies are offered by numerous American higher education institutions, namely, Stanford University, Yale University, Columbia University in the City of New York, University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, University of Chicago, Brown University, University of Richmond, University of Kansas, University of Iowa and others. It has been indicated that African studies provide students with the understanding of the interactions among the social, economic, cultural, historical, linguistic, genetic, geopolitical, ecological and biomedical factors that shape and have shaped African societies. The interdisciplinary structure of the programs offers students an opportunity to satisfy the increasingly rigorous expectations of admissions committees and prospective employers for a broad liberal arts perspective that complements a specialized knowledge of a field. In addition, students are encouraged to pursue Study Abroad to enhance their understanding of African diasporic experiences.
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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