African American Studies Program

The African American Studies Program provides an introduction to the study of African Americans as well as the cultural products and insights gained from their experiences. Courses are designed to make students aware of the complexities of these experiences and to explore connections and differences between Americans of African descent, other Americans, and global populations. Due to the particular details of American history and the legacies of slavery, immigration, and racism, critical investigations of race, ethnicity, and other forms of collective identity are central concerns of the program. For example, students are encouraged to participate in the course Experiencing Cuba, a one-week study abroad course in Havana, Cuba, to further explore these concerns.

The African American Studies Program offers an undergraduate minor and hosts an Events & Lecture Series where scholars are invited to explore these and other topics in the context of today’s society.