Africana Studies B.A. – Secondary Teaching Emphasis Initial license in Social Studies (Grades 7-12)

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact: George H. Junne, Jr., Ph.D., Coordinator

Location: Candelaria 0140

Telephone: 970.351.2685

Website: www.unco.edu/afs

Advising Information:

Students must consult with their assigned major advisor each semester prior to registering.

Assigned advisor is available through the Ursa login; http://ursa.unco.edu; under Student tab Academic Profile channel and is term specific. If no advisor is listed, contact the major program for advisor information.

The program consists of three parts:

  1. Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Credits
  2. Required Major Credits
  3. Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) Credits

Program Description:

This program fulfills an important role in training teachers at the undergraduate level to be social studies teachers. With increasing student diversity in our schools, both in Colorado and the nation, districts are desperate to hire teachers who are well grounded in curriculum and approaches that meet the needs of culturally diverse learners and their families. The secondary education emphasis in Africana Studies effectively prepares preservice teachers to teach social studies to culturally diverse students at the middle and secondary levels. Students approach learning and curriculum from an interdisciplinary focus, one which includes contributions and perspectives of people of African American origin. In addition to taking coursework in Africana Studies, History, Economics, Geography and Political Science, students will participate in the UNC partner school program through student teaching and field experience.

Program Admission Requirements:

Academic Good Standing.

Program Requirements:

  • To be recommended for admission to PTEP students must complete a minimum of 12 semester credits in the major (at least 9 credits at UNC) with a 2.75 grade point average or higher in those courses taken at UNC and counting toward the major. Africana Studies majors must successfully complete at least 27 credits in the major with a 2.75 grade point average or above in courses taken at UNC prior to applying for student teaching and complete SOSC 341 with a grade of “C” or better (C- is not acceptable).
  • All AFS courses numbered 300 or higher include a research and writing component. Only 6 credits of AFS prefixes may be counted toward the Liberal Arts Core.
  • Majors must obtain a grade of “C” or better (C- is not acceptable) in all AFS courses taken at UNC. Majors receiving a grade of "D" or lower in an AFS course must retake the course - or an equivalent approved by the academic advisor - and receive a grade of “C” or better (C- is not acceptable) to have the course counted toward the major.
  • A minimum of 21 semester credits of the total 33 credits required for the major must be at the 300-400 level.

Program Recommendations:

Students are strongly encouraged to acquire secondary language proficiency.

Degree Requirements — 125 Credits

Degree Requirements

1. Required Specified LAC — 30 credits

LAC area 4 — History

AFS 100Introduction to Africana Studies

3

AFS 101Development of Black Identity

3

AFS 201African American History I

3

HIST 100Survey of American History from Its Beginnings to 1877

3

AFS 100 and AFS 101: Also count towards LAC Area 8.

Choose one of the following courses:

HIST 120Western Civilization from Ancient Greece to 1689

3

HIST 121Western Civilization from 1689 to the Present

3

LAC area 5.a. — Economic and Political Systems

ECON 203Principles of Macroeconomics

3

ECON 205Principles of Microeconomics

3

PSCI 100United States National Government

3

LAC area 5.b. — Geography

GEOG 100World Geography

3

LAC area 5.c. — Human Behavior and Social Systems

SOC 100Principles of Sociology

3

Remaining LAC — 22 credits

See “Liberal Arts Core ”.

NOTE: Students need to select a course from LAC Area 7 that also counts for LAC area 3.

2. Required Major — 35 credits

Take all of the following courses:

AFS 310African Americans and U.S. Education

3

AFS 340The Black Family

3

AFS 395Aspects of the African-American Experience

3

AFS 399Community Study Project

1 - 4

AFS 420African American Leadership and Politics

3

AFS 456The Black Church and Religious Traditions

3

AFS 490Seminar in Africana Studies

3

ECON 362Economic History of the United States

3

AFS 399: Take at least 2 credits

Choose one of the following courses:

HIST 338Advanced Overview of American History

3

HIST 396World History

3

Choose one of the following courses:

AFS 102The Black Woman in America

3

AFS 104Survey of Africa

3

AFS 202African American History II

3

AFS 205Survey of African American Literature

3

AFS 230Black Women in Literature

3

AFS 240Dynamics of Racism

3

AFS 360Routes of Black Music

3

HIST 110African Civilization

3

AFS 202: (LAC 4)

Choose two of the following courses:

ART 382African Art

3

HIST 110African Civilization

3

MCS 101Multiculturalism in the United States: Concepts and Issues

3

HIST 110: (LAC 4)

MCS 101: (LAC 8)

3. Required PTEP — 38 credits

Phase I (5 credits taken concurrently).

EDFE 110 required semester before; see www.unco.edu/teach/check

STEP 161Observation and Analysis of Secondary Teaching I

2

EDF 366Conceptions of Schooling: Context and Process

3

Phase II (8 credits taken concurrently)

STEP 262Observation and Analysis of Secondary Teaching II

2

EDSE 360Adaptation, Modification, and Integration of Curriculum for the Secondary Exceptional Learner

3

PSY 349Educational Psychology for Secondary Teachers

3

Phase III (11 credits taken concurrently)

EDFE 120 required semester before.

STEP 363Clinical Experience: Secondary

2

EDRD 340Developing Language and Literacy in the Content Areas

3

ET 449Integration of Technologies in Secondary Education Pedagogy

3

SOSC 341Teaching Secondary Social Studies

3

EDRD 340: maybe taken outside of Phase III

Phase IV (14 credits).

EDFE 130 required semester before.

STEP 464Secondary Student Teaching

1 - 14

  • Candidates must pass the Praxis or Place test prior to Student Teaching.
  • Candidates may not take extra courses with Student Teaching without prior approval from the Program Coordinator and the STE Director.
  • All PTEP Field Experiences and methods courses need to be successfully completed prior to Student Teaching.
  • Student Teaching outside the supervision of UNC Faculty may or may not be approved.
  • Teacher Candidates will not be placed in a school where they were once students or where they have a close relative attending and/or working.