African American Studies

The African American Studies Program explores the African American experience in global and comparative perspective. The Program trains students in the research techniques needed to uncover connections between populations of African descent and other ethnic, racial, national, and cultural groups within the United States and around the world. Our aim is to develop appreciation of the African American impact on world history and contemporary politics and culture. Our ultimate mission is to foster cross-cultural understanding, respect for our differences, and awareness of our common humanity.

Students who enroll in the MA program are able to attend the Program’s Lecture Series, which hosts speakers from both within the BU community and beyond to explore issues pertinent to their research or other expertise. Students are also invited to help coordinate various programs and major conferences throughout the year.