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African American Studies Program

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About

The African American Studies Program was established in 1971 with the purpose of shining a light on the African American experience through history and our influence on the radical changes in popular culture and American society. Greater awareness of black intellectual traditions has enriched current studies and informs our commitment to keep sharing our stories with students and the greater community.

Learn from Our Strengths

A bachelor's degree in African American Studies  provides excellent preparation for graduate studies, earning degrees in subjects such as law and journalism, pursuing careers in education, politics, health care delivery and administration, social work, tourism, business, non-profit management and more.

Students can major or minor in African American Studies. Some very prominent Black Americans have earned bachelor’s degrees in African American Studies and have gone on to have careers in professions such as law, former First Lady Michelle Obama ; astronaut Mae Jemison,  or 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whitaker.

Learn more about a major or minor in African American Studies and apply now. 

 

Our History

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 descent. 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.


Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.

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