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In 2020, the confluence of a devastating global health pandemic and the grotesque killings of Black civilians catalyzed a national movement and resurgent demands to protect Black life.

Within the School of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Africana Studies has, since 1969, been devoted to close interdisciplinary analysis of black experience to support the work of social justice both nationally and internationally. Our courses examine the precise issues underpinning these inter-connected manifestations of the ways that the treatment of Black life is an indicator of the ways that inequality and oppression is structured, but they also help us understand the ways those oppressions have been challenged and dismantled.

The world stands poised to make a definitive break with the legacy of oppression, and Africana Studies stands ready to prepare a new generation to usher in that new world. As we strive together to realize the transformative potential contained within the pain of the present moment, Africana Studies is today more than ever a vital part of education for all people, not just Black people.

We encourage all students to engage with this work through the undergraduate courses offered by the Department of Africana Studies.


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01:014:307 Africana Community Health Internship

Race through Health Mentoring is a 300-level credit course. This independent research opportunity allows you to find a physician or another health care provider in which to "shadow" and be mentored by, which entails observing the doctor or health care provider on a weekly basis and keep a journal of the day's thoughts, events, and questions . This health care provider will act as a mentor for students in order to guide them through the course. You will focus on a variety of topics including, but not limited to : (1) the responsibilities of the doctor or health care provider within the facility, (2) the doctor's or health care provider's interactions with overall environment, i.e. relationships with other doctors, co-workers, patients, (3) how the doctor or health care provider is perceived by others, (4) treatment of patients by physicians - including both positive and negative aspects, i.e. racial factors, economic factors and, (5) ethical/ moral decision making process. Through this real world experience you will gain insight on everyday health issues and earn course credit at the same time. Only by special permission 01:014:307 Syllabus

014:286 Mentoring as Public Service

Introduces students to the Rutgers Future Scholars (RFS) program and the basic skills, practices, and ethics of mentoring high school scholars from economically and educationally challenged backgrounds within the New Brunswick and Piscataway community. This course examines contemporary inequalities and barriers to access higher education and initiatives to address educational access. Students will be assigned a group of scholars to mentor throughout the semester on a weekly basis. For more information visit @RFSMentoring on Instagram and visit Prerequisite: By special permission.

014:341 Supervised Community Placement

Supervised study and experience in a black community of the United States, the Caribbean, South America, or Africa.