Two for One

August 20, 2015

August 20 2014

No one needs to tell you how expensive a college degree is these days. And, in case you don’t know, then rest assured the federal government is going to let you know just how expensive your tuition was once you graduate.

So, if you had the chance to walk across the stage at commencement with two majors rather than one, without paying one cent more, wouldn’t you take advantage of that opportunity?

Well, with a double major in African American Studies, most students at VCU can do just that.

Have you ever taken a moment to think about what will differentiate you from the hundreds of other students at VCU who will graduate with a bachelors degree in your major?

Almost all students in your major select the same course electives; most hold a grade point average between 2.5 and 3.5, and a good many volunteer a similar number of hours on community projects and in research labs.

Given this, why would a graduate program choose you rather than your classmate? Why would an employer hire you instead of that student in your major who attended another university in a neighboring city or state?

To truly be competitive for the 21st century workforce, you need a dynamic degree tailored toward a specialized knowledge base and skill set.

Deciding to double major is a smart way to accomplish this program of study.

In essence, African American Studies prepares students to solve problems of social change, instilling within them a sense of collective purpose, knowledge discovery and a guide to action.

The double major in African American Studies is designed to complement your primary major and only requires 18 credit hours or fewer for most students in the following disciplines: Anthropology, the Arts, Business, Criminal Justice, Education, English, Gender Studies, Health and Human Performance, Health Sciences, History, Mass Communications, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work and Sociology.

That’s only six courses! And, in some cases, even fewer.

This means you can complete the double major in African American Studies without staying at VCU any longer than you normally would to complete your bachelors.

Our introductory course in Africana / African American Studies counts as a general education requirement. This course also gives students the opportunity to determine if African American Studies is right for them, before enrolling in other core or elective courses.

In addition we offer a number of online courses during the summer and winter intersession, which allows you to accommodate even the most hectic course schedules.

The Department of African American Studies is acutely aware of the rising costs of college; and the longer it takes a student to graduate, the more expensive college becomes for most. We also recognize that while students are here, they should be afforded opportunities to develop knowledge and skills that set them apart from others.

The double major in African American Studies makes sense and more cents.

We would love the opportunity to help you determine whether the double major is right for you. Visit our department today to meet with a student adviser in our Academic Success Office located at 816 W. Franklin Street, Room 203.

McKayla and McKenzie Stokes edited this feature story. McKayla is a double major in African American Studies and Criminal Justice. McKenzie is a double major in African American Studies and Psychology. Both students will graduate in May 2017.