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Division of Social Sciences

Dr. Terri Adams
Interim Associate Dean
College of Arts and Sciences

Locke Hall, Suite 101
2441 Sixth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20059
Phone: (202) 806-6700
Fax: (202) 234-3947
Email: tadams-fuller@howard.edu


African Studies Army ROTC Political Science
Afro-American Studies Economics Sociology and Anthropology
Air Force ROTC History

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Department of African Studies

Dr. Mbye Cham
Chair

The Howard Center, Suite 416
2225 Georgia Ave., NW
Washington DC 20059
Phone: (202) 238-2328
Fax: (202) 234-43947
Email: mcham@howard.edu

Department of African Studies

The Department of African Studies provides an opportunity for Howard students to acquire an objective view of the present position of Africa in the modern (and changing) world, as well as an understanding of Africa's economic, social, and political problems. The department has adopted an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Africa at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. At the undergraduate level, the department educates students who wish to continue their studies in African affairs or are preparing to work in this field.

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Department of Afro-American Studies

Dr. Greg Carr
Chair

Founders Library, Room 318
500 Howard Place, NW
Washington, DC 20059
Phone: (202) 806-7242
Fax: (202) 986-0538
Email: gcarr@howard.edu

Department of Afro-American Studies

A major in Afro-American studies prepares you to understand the context and dynamics of the African-American experience, past and present, gives you an introduction to the methods of the social sciences in a comparative, interdisciplinary context, and develops your abilities for graduate studies. You can choose from three areas of concentration. The political concentration includes an overview of the institution of human bondage, black political thought and activism in nineteenth-and twentieth-century America, and the political economies of contemporary Afro-Caribbean societies. A sociological concentration is based on the voluntary associations. The cultural concentration highlights the black experience in literature and popular culture.

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Department of Military Science - Air Force ROTC

Lt. Col. Darryl Terrell
Chair

Frederick Douglass Hall
2419 Sixth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20059
Phone: (202) 806-6788
Fax: (202) 806-4506
Email: darryl.terrell@howard.edu

Department of Military Science - Air Force ROTC

The Department of Aerospace Studies supports the Air Force Reserve Officer Training (AFROTC) mission: Develop and produce quality leaders for the Air Force and build better citizens for America! The Air Force ROTC Detachment located at Howard University services a total of eight Colleges and Universities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area: Howard, American, Catholic, Georgetown, George Washington, Marymount, Trinity, and University of the District of Columbia. AFROTC provides students the opportunity to become military officers while completing their college degree and offers an excellent pathway from college to a rewarding active duty career in flying, intelligence analysis, communications and computers, space operations, medical professions, and engineering, to name a few. The program, combining traditional undergraduate education with military instruction, will prepare students to tackle the leadership challenges awaiting the Armed Forces in the 21st century. Our program, not only, provide excellent leadership training and management opportunities for young men and women who want the prestige of becoming an Air Force officer-- it prepares them for success in life!

As an AFROTC cadet, you may pursue any of the academic opportunities available at your school*-- along with your other university courses, you enroll in two AFROTC courses per semester (or quarter). These courses, along with a four-week summer course (Field Training) provide the framework for your officer training. Any entering or current student may apply to participate in the AFROTC 3.5 though 2 year scholarship programs with no obligation until activation of scholarship. In fact, students can experience two full years of highly regarded training before committing to any period of service after graduation. Upon meeting the admission criteria, students that remain in good academic standing may be awarded a Type 2 scholarship package, which includes:

  • Up to $15,000 towards tuition
  • $900 towards books and fees
  • $300-$500 tax-free stipend during the school year
  • Housing subsidy (for HU students only)

In addition to something traditional scholarships don't offer - a job immediately after graduation!

*AFROTC has a specific interest in engineering majors to include, but not limited to:

Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Environmental Engineering

Call to find out if you qualify for a Type 1 (full scholarship).

See more information on scholarship opportunities.

Military Science/ Aerospace Science Leadership Minor

See more information

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Department of Military Science - Army ROTC

LTC Crede J. Lyons
Professor of Military Science and Chair

Frederick Douglass Hall, Room B-2
2419 Sixth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20059
Phone: (202) 806-6784
Fax: (202) 806-4627
Email: crede.lyons@howard.edu

Department of Military Science - Army ROTC

The Department of Military Science (ARMY) offers courses that develop individual and group skills. Our motto is simple: we develop leadership skills for a lifetime! These skills are enhanced through the study of individual leadership development, teamwork, supervision, management, and military principles. All courses stress practical application of military instruction and the critical role of the United States Army in a modern society and global community. The department offers students elective courses, or the opportunity to become part of two, three, or four year programs. The program develops student proficiency in planning, executing, and assessing complex operations, functioning as a member of a staff, and providing performance feedback to subordinates. Students explore the dynamics of leading in the complex situations of current military operations in the contemporary operating environment (COE). Students will examine differences in customs and courtesies, military law, principles of war, and rules of engagement in the face of international terrorism. Students also explore aspects of interacting with non-government organizations, civilians on the battlefield, and host nation support. The completion of these programs results in the students being awarded a Second Lieutenant Commission. Options include Active, Reserves, and Army National Guard assignments. The Department of Military Science does not offer a major or minor degree program at present.


Current College Student Scholarship Information

2, 3 and 4 year merit-based scholarships and training opportunities available for highly qualified applicants. STEM degrees preferred.

  • 4 year scholarships (applied for during senior year of high school)
  • 3 year scholarships (applied for during 1st semester of freshman year, must be enrolled in Military Science)
  • 2 year scholarships (students attending Leaders Training Course, graduate students who meet eligibility)

For more information on the ROTC program and scholarship opportunities contact:

Mrs. Sharon Finney
Recruiting Operations Officer
Howard University Army ROTC
202-806-6787

Qualification Requirements

  • Be a US Citizen
  • Be between the ages of 17 and 27
  • Have a high school cumulative GPA of at least 3.0/Current college students must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA\
  • SAT/ACT above 1100/24
  • Meet medical qualification standards
  • Meet Army Physical Fitness and Height and Weight standards
  • Possess a willingness to serve as an Army Officer on Active Duty or in a Reserve component (US Army Reserve or Army National Guard)

Scholarship Benefits

  • Full tuition and fees OR Room and Board
  • Can be used in conjunction with other scholarships, grants, or other tuition assistance
  • $1,200 annually towards books
  • $300-$500 monthly stipend
  • Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army upon graduation
  • Guaranteed job and security clearance after college
  • Marketable leadership skills and training applicable to civilian sectors as well

Military Science/ Aerospace Science Leadership Minor

Howard University's mission is to create citizen leaders. The Leadership Studies Program is intended for students who want to explore further the theoretical foundations of leadership. This is an interdisciplinary minor that draws on different conceptions of leadership from across the curriculum. Students from a variety of academic areas are encouraged to participate in this educational experience. Courses for this program are designed to inform students about the concepts, theories, and issues related to leadership.

In order for students to receive credit towards a minor in leadership, they must earn a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in those courses selected to meet the minor requirements as listed below for a minimum of 18 credit hours. Students may choose to pursue a leadership minor using either the Military Science or Aerospace Science track.

Students choosing the Military Science track must take two of the following four core courses listed below under Military Science and students choosing the Aerospace Science track must take two of the following four core courses listed below under Aerospace Science. All students must then select four of the fifteen courses offered by various departments also listed below under elective courses; however, students may opt to take additional core courses as electives:

Military Science Core Courses

MILI 301 Adaptive Team Leadership (3 credits)
MILI 302 Applied Team Leadership (3 credits)
MILI 401 Adaptive Leadership (3 credits)
MILI 402 Leadership in a Complex World (3 credits)

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Dr. Rodney Green
Chair

Academic Support Building B, Room 302
2400 Sixth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20059
Phone: (202) 806-6717
Fax: (202) 806-4896
Email: rgreen@howard.edu

Department of Economics

The undergraduate program in economics at Howard University is structured to provide students with a thorough foundation in economic theory and the use of mathematics, statistics, and computer technology to analyze contemporary policy issues. The undergraduate major requires thirty seven credits, with a core of 22 credits in theory, statistics, and mathematics. These courses support a superstructure of 15 elective credits in such areas as money and banking, international economics, public finance, labor economics, and the economics of black community development. The aim of the program is to produce graduates who wish to pursue graduate and professional study or to enter the job market.

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Department of History

Dr. Edna Greene Medford
Chair

Douglass Hall, Room 316
2419 Sixth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20059
Phone: (202) 806-6815/9326
Fax: (202) 806-4471
Email: emedford@howard.edu

Department of History

The Department of History has always emphasized the history and culture of peoples of African descent. The department is committed to seeking truth, increasing knowledge, producing excellent scholarship, and offering a holistic education for our students. We examine the full range of the human experience, which includes the histories of Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, and Asia, in addition to North America. Our majors have a liberal choice of courses. We also offer graduate study toward master's and doctoral degrees.

Dr. Medford is Professor and former director of the Department of History's graduate and undergraduate programs. Specializing in nineteenth century African-American history, she teaches courses in Civil War and Reconstruction, Colonial America, the Jacksonian Era, and African-American history... read more

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Department of Political Science

 

Dr. Michael C. Nwanze
Chair

Douglass Hall, Room 114
2419 Sixth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20059
Phone: (202) 806-6720
Fax: (202) 265-3527
Email: mnwanze@howard.edu

Department of Political Science

A major in political science lets you acquire a systematic understanding of the formal and informal political process at all levels, in preparation for a career or graduate study. our program prepares students for careers in government, teaching, and research, and for further study in professional and graduate fields such as law, social work, journalism, business and public administration, and public affairs. If you haven't decided on a definite career but would like a springboard to many careers, a liberal arts education with a major in political science offers you flexibility.

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Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Dr. Rubin Patterson
Chair

Douglass Hall, Room 207
2419 Sixth Street, NW
P.O. Box 987
Washington, DC 20059
Phone: (202) 806-6853
Fax: (202) 806-4893
Email: rubin.patterson@howard.edu

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers an interdisciplinary program and undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Anthropology and an undergraduate major in Administration of Justice. There are also robust graduate programs. The Master of Arts and the Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology are offered. A Graduate Certificate Program in Women's Studies is also on the menu with a variety of courses across disciplines available to undergraduate students. The graduate programs offer comprehensive training in sociological theory, research methodology, and social statistics. The three main areas of academic concentration in the doctoral program are: I. Criminology, II. Medical Sociology, and III. Social Inequality (race/ethnicity, class, and gender relations). The interdisciplinary flexibility in courses and programs in the Department is designed to serve the interests of students pursuing both academic and non-academic careers.

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