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2019-2020 University Catalog 
2019-2020 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

African American Studies, Department of

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Department Chair

Siobhan Brooks

Department Office/Website

Humanities 314


Siobhan Brooks, Natalie Graham, Tyler D. Parry


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 Africa diaspora, including black intra-racial dynamics, gender relations, marriage and family patterns, mixed raced identities, sexuality, expressive forms and hip-hop culture.

Degree Description

Students who major or minor in African American Studies will receive a well-rounded, interdisciplinary education and go on to have successful careers in a variety of professions. The degree prepares its alumni for both graduate study, and careers in a variety of professional fields, such as education, law, business, social work and more.

Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Programs and Courses Offered


    Bachelor of ArtsNon-Degree


      African American Studies

      Courses are designated as AFAM in the class schedule.

      Ethnic Studies

      Courses are designated as ETHN in the class schedule.

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