Much has changed in the world since 1971. The intervening decades have brought a massive and still-growing body of new scholarship on the life and culture of peoples of African. Increasing public interest in the African American experience has spurred radical changes in popular culture and American society. Greater awareness of black intellectual traditions has enriched current studies. More extensive access to scholarship across the African Diaspora has reconfigured the possibilities for all scholars of the African American experience.
There is an increased student demand for courses about African American and African Diaspora life and meaning. Today, students of diverse ethnic backgrounds are attracted to the study of another aspect of the American experience. Most often, better-prepared students are those who have knowledge of African American cultures, which enhances job opportunities in the corporate world, the public service arena and public school education.
The African American Studies program offers majors and minors for undergraduates. Our program attracts students from all racial and ethnic backgrounds and offers exceptional preparation for high-achieving students who intend to pursue graduate study and professional degrees, particularly in law, education, politics, health, and cultural studies. Students with a B.A. in African American Studies have gone on to careers in science (Mae Jemison, astronaut), government (U.S. Diplomat Jendayi Frazer), medicine (Claudia Thomas, M.D.), art and literature (Gloria Naylor, Aaron McGruder), journalism (Bill Whitaker, CBS news), non-profit management (Zulayka Santiago, Latino advocacy organization) and FLOTUS Michelle Obama.
- African Studies Program
- Center for Digital Humanities
- Center for Geographic Education
- Institute for African American Research
- Institute for Southern Studies
- Office of Multicultural Student Affairs
- The History Center
- Walker Institute
- Women's & Gender Studies Program
- Writing Center
Become a Faculty Affiliate
If you are a University of South Carolina faculty member who is interested in becoming a faculty affiliate with African American Studies, please fill out our online application form [pdf].