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.
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
ProgramsBachelor of ArtsNon-Degree
CoursesAfrican American Studies
Courses are designated as AFAM in the class schedule.
Courses are designated as ETHN in the class schedule.