When you purse a minor in African-American studies, you will examine, analyze, and interpret the experiences and traditions of people of African descent. In order to complete the minor, you must complete 20 hours of coursework designated as appropriate. Four of the 20 required hours will be fulfilled through the completion of HIST 3170 Afro-American Heritage. The remaining 16 hours may be fulfilled through any courses approved by the director that dedicate at least 25 percent of semester coursework to African-American studies. Courses may be taken in any sequence and vary from year to year.
Requirements for the minor: In order to complete a minor in African-American Studies, the student will complete 20 hours of coursework designated as appropriate to the program.
Students must complete:
HIST 3170 African-American Heritage (4 sem. hours).
This course will explore the history and culture of African-Americans from the Colonial era to the Civil Rights decades of the mid-20th century. Careful attention will be paid to the Atlantic slave trade, slavery, emancipation, Reconstruction, the “Great Migration” of 1915–40, and the civil rights movements of the 1950s and ’60s. Offered in alternate years.
Students must also complete another 16 hours. The remaining 16 hours may be fulfilled through any courses approved by the Director that dedicate at least 25 percent of semester coursework to African-American Studies. Courses may be taken in any sequence and vary from year to year.
B.A., M.A., University of Texas-Arlington; Ph.D., Texas A&M University
Louwanda Evans joined the Department of Sociology and Anthropology in 2012. In the program, Louwanda teaches Introduction to Sociology, Research Methods & Statistics, The Many Dimensions of Poverty, and numerous other courses that focus on social inequality and criminology. Her newest course on poverty is directly connected to the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty, an interdisciplinary program housed at Washington & Lee University that focuses on the eradication of poverty. This course also serves as the gateway course through which several Millsaps students enter a summer internship housed throughout the nation.
Louwanda joined Millsaps because of the great opportunities it offers students to learn and grow though community engagement. Her teaching philosophy is one in which everyone takes responsibility for learning. Her courses center on conceptual discussions in which students engage the material in a way that creates deeper connections between sociological concepts and the real world. At Millsaps, "I have the opportunity to bring students into the local community to understand the connections between our social lives and our social outcomes. " In the classroom, Louwanda believes in the reciprocity of learning and that all students have a voice. "I believe that everyone has a responsibility in the classroom and that all perspectives and voices are valued, not just my voice. "