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African American Studies Program

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We encourage you to explore the possibilities in the African American Studies program in the College of Arts and Sciences. Whether you choose to pursue a major or a minor, you will carry the lessons you learn here with you.

African American Studies is an interdisciplinary field that examines the history, culture, beliefs and actions of people of African descent in the United States and across the world. With a major or minor in African American Studies, you can:

  • Explore the multi-dimensional experiences of people of color in local and global contexts.
  • Take courses across departments based on your interests and goals.
  • Learn how to apply both critical and creative thinking with confidence.
  • Gain experience in humanities and social science research methods, textual analysis, and service-learning opportunities.
  • Develop oral and written communication skills through multiple platforms and technologies.
  • Work with an engaged, award-winning core faculty who will guide you through each stage of the academic process.

Scholars in African American Studies work in fields that deepen the public understanding of minority experiences. Be a part of a community of scholars that includes historian Darlene Clark Hine, artist Jonathan Green and economist Julianne Malveaux.