African American Studies
The University of Houston
629 Agnes Arnold Hall
Houston, TX 77204-3303
(713) 743-2811

 

Teaching Philosophy

Our philosophy of teaching emphasizes our commitment to training and developing students in the use of technology, service learning, and alternate modes of conducting research and writing. Our emphasis is on African-centered perspectives that encourage students to develop the intellectual and practical skills that lead to self-determining analysis and praxis.

Curriculum:

Goal: To develop African-centered classes and curricula which adequately address the aesthetic, historical, philosophical, psychological, sociological, anthropological, cosmological, ontological, axiological and epistemological issues and problems of African people through the world.

Objectives:

  • Establish standards for faculty teaching AAS courses and mechanisms to ensure teaching quality.
  • To present the information in a clear, concise and objective manner that is reflective of the rich tradition of African-centered scholarship.
  • To thoroughly address the issues of African people and their relationship to world history and its people.