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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)December 22, 2008

MAHWAH – High school juniors and seniors are invited to apply for enrollment in a new online credit-bearing course at Ramapo College of New Jersey on African American history.

The course, “African-American History I,” focuses on the history of African-Americans from pre-colonial Africa to the institution of slavery in the West.  Students will survey and analyze the historical and cultural connection between Africans in the Diaspora and review the impact of colonialism, slavery, segregation and individual and institutional racism.

Taught by Dr. Karl Johnson, a professor of African-American Studies at Ramapo College, the course runs January 20 through May 12.  An application and letter of recommendation from a high school teacher or guidance counselor must be postmarked by January 8, 2009; a late fee will be applied through January 13.  Students who successfully complete the requirements of the course will earn 4 college credits.  There is a tuition fee of $1,175 to take the course.  For further information and to apply, log on to  The course is offered to high school juniors and seniors through Ramapo College’s Center for Innovative and Professional Learning.

For media inquiries, contact Anna Farneski, assistant vice president, Marketing and Communications, 201.684.6844.


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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