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AAS boasts record program enrollment

by Jo Ann Jones, COEHD    |    February 28, 2017

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More than 175 students from across the university are enrolled in African American Studies courses for the spring 2017 semester making it the largest enrollment of students in the program’s history.

“Over the years, we have had a substantial growth in our enrollment as well as our abilities to connect across the campus and throughout the entire San Antonio community,” said Dr. Michael Jennings, associate dean for the Consortium for Social Transformation. “The increase in enrollment across the Consortium’s program areas points to a value added benefit in having the programs house together in one academic unit.”

This semester, the program offered courses such as the Civil Rights Movement, African Americans in Film, African American Cultural Experiences, and Black Lives Matter in addition to the core and introductory African American Studies courses.

“Students in the African American Studies courses have the opportunity to learn about people, places, and things that are merely touched upon or omitted from text,” said Karla Broadus, senior lecturer and director of the African American Studies program.

The African American Studies program was established in 2004 and, along with Women’s Studies and Mexican American Studies, is housed in the College of Education and Human Development’s Consortium for Social Transformation. The program currently offers an 18-hour minor and is hoping to expand the program in the coming years.

“The African American Studies program has become a point of reference for undergraduate students, gaining respect from the university and community at large,” said Broadus. “My hope is that students are learning historical and current facts that can provide a foundation for further study in all content areas. When one knows the past, they can thoroughly engage the future.”

For more information, visit the African American Studies program website.

Photo courtesy of the African American Studies Program

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