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Sydney Patton

Sydney Patton graduated Spring 2021 with a major in Theatre and a minor in African American Studies. She plans to pursue a career in entertainment and visual art. Keep reading for her advice for current and prospective AFAM students.

What was your favorite AFAM course and why?

My favorite course, hands down, was Dr. Medine's African American Seminar on Toni Morrison. I had never read work that excited me so much intellectually and artistically. This course made me fall in love with reading again. 

Why should students consider a major or minor in African American Studies?

You will always get more from the course than what is on the syllabus. The professors are inspiring, the coursework is meaningful, and you always leave wanting to learn even more. 

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Study within African American cultural history provides a basis for understanding political, social, and economic relations throughout human history.