African American Studies

African American Studies explores the African American experience in global and comparative perspective. Courses are designed to make students aware of the connections between Americans of African descent, other Americans, and global populations. Critical investigation of race, ethnicity, and other forms of collective identity is a central concern of the African American Studies Program. The program hosts a Lecture Series where scholars are invited to explore these topics in the context of today’s society. The program offers an undergraduate minor that is interdisciplinary in nature, so electives can be chosen from a broad range of courses including history, English, history of art and architecture, American studies, political science, economics, and sociology.