In the African American Studies Program, you will use interdisciplinary tools and
resources to study the experiences of people of African descent and to evaluate historical,
cultural, social, economic and political developments in South Carolina, the South,
the United States, and beyond.
A bachelor's degree in African American Studies from USC provides excellent preparation for graduate studies, professional degrees
in law and journalism, and careers in education, politics, health care delivery and
administration, social work, tourism, business, non-profit management and more.
Our faculty are experts in a wide range of disciplines and our principal strengths include black political
and social movements, African-American literature, and comparative cultural anthropology.
We regularly offer coursework that focuses on South Carolina's black communities,
particularly in the Civil Rights era and black women's history and Sea Islands literature
Learn more about a major or minor in African American Studies and apply now.
The African American Studies Program is proud to share our knowledge through programs for the community. Each year, the program sponsors an annual Robert Smalls Lecture Series and honors students for academic excellence in African American Studies with the
Grace Jordan McFadden Award and the Hayes Mizell Research Award . We also work in cooperation with the Institute for African American Research through research seminars and conferences. Contact us to learn more.
Sept. 11, 1963, would mark the historic date of the beginning of desegregation at
the university. Because of three students’ courage, the university now boasts a diverse
campus with students from all nationalities, races and ethnicities. LEARN MORE