This course is the primary methods course for the major. The course provides students with a thorough grounding in the interdisciplinary literatures and research approaches within African American Studies. In this course students are taught to understand and investigate historical and contemporary phenomena through thoughtful reflection on their positionality and community experiences. Assignments give students practice in integrating the three main facets of the field of African American Studies, scholarship, education, and advocacy that are expected of them as upper-division participants in the African American Studies tradition. AFAM 398 is intended to be taken in the junior or senior year with the purpose of writing a proposal for the AFAM 402 Research Capstone. Students minoring in AFAM or majoring in other disciplines looking for research approaches centering marginalized communities are also welcome.