African American Studies

African American Studies examines the unique experiences of African-descended people throughout the diaspora. Drawing on a rich tradition of civic engagement, scholarship, and teaching, the faculty introduce students to the foundations of African American Studies and collaborates with them to develop projects and analyze information that leads to new intellectual perspectives.

What can you do with an African American Studies major?

  • Professor teaching a course
  • A professor speaks in front of his class
  • Students discuss a topic in class
  • Two students working on a problem together
  • Students listen to a lecture in class
  • Professor lectures his class


  • Marie Nesbitt

    Established in 2002 in memory of Marie Nesbitt, Promise Prize students are selected by facuIty and staff at schools around the country, based upon high scholastic achievement, outstanding character, and exceptional promise.

  • Collage of Faculty Books

    The latest scholarship and accomplishments by African American Studies faculty, including books, selected articles, lectures, and performances.