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. Our courses and research revolve around three core areas of study: History, Religion and the Diaspora; Literature and Performing Arts; and Media, Politics, and Society. Within these, students carefully consider the construction of race, ethnicity, along with identity and the performance of class, gender, and sexuality. Students who take courses in African American Studies acquire a special skill set that will enable them to critically interrogate their own experience, as well as the world around them.

  • Two students working on a problem together
  • Students discuss a topic in class
  • Students listen to a lecture in class


  • Recent winners of the African American Studies Awards.

    Learn more about the African American Studies Awards and recent winners here.

  • Collage of Recent Faculty Books

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