Talk:African-American studies

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Neutrality and quality[edit]

This article seems to be written from a fairly biased perspective - see, for example, the titling of the section "The rise and fall of African American Studies" and the sentence "Racism perpetrated by many administrators hinders the institutionalization of Black Studies at major university." As can be seen in this passage, this article also has problems with grammar and encyclopedic tone. In addition, since this discipline is and has been the subject of some controversy and criticism from within the academic community, one of the most common and cogent criticisms being that it is not a field of research but a political cause. On these grounds I would suggest adding a "Criticism" section to the article to lend credence to some of the challenges leveled against the field. Gatotsu911 (talk) 05:23, 1 June 2012 (UTC)

Tenure[edit]

The sentence "On many campuses directors of black studies have little to no autonomy—they do not have the power to hire or grant tenure to faculty" is somewhat misleading. Hiring and tenure decisions are often not at the hands of department chairs. Academic departments often vote and recommend that tenure be granted, but the actual proceeding takes place at the university level. 130.132.173.97 (talk) 20:56, 9 November 2013 (UTC)