WELCOME TO AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES!
The Department of African American Studies is an interdisciplinary intellectual community committed to advancing knowledge about black people in the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, and Africa. The department strives to interrogate the historical meanings and dimensions of slavery, colonialism, resistance, and freedom, and to explore their implications for contemporary political, social, and cultural expressions of black identity. In addition to analyzing the impact of slavery and freedom on black life in the Americas, we also examine the issues that continue to shape and define black communities in the post-civil rights era United States and the contemporary African diaspora, including: black intra-racial dynamics, anti-black racism, gender relations, marriage and family patterns, mixed raced identities, sexuality, expressive forms, and hip-hop culture.
The African American Studies Option of the undergraduate degree program in Ethnic Studies exposes students to the history, politics, culture and contemporary social realities of African-descended people within the United States and globally. Its interdisciplinary approach provides students in the major and minor with skills in writing, critical thinking, and community building, and prepares students for further graduate study and a variety of professional paths including: business, the non-profit sector, public relations, education, human services, politics and government, and law.
Our award-winning faculty reflects the interdisciplinary focus of the department and is drawn from Cultural Studies, Literature, History, Sociology and Ethnomusicology. We also collaborate with faculty from disciplines such as Anthropology, Asian American Studies, Philosophy, Liberal Studies, History, Latin American Studies, English, Dance, Chicano/Chicana Studies, American Studies, Women's Studies, and Sociology. We are committed to the intellectual growth, well-being and success of all our students. We encourage you to stop by, meet us, and learn how African American Studies can work for you!