African American Studies

Bachelor of Arts


African American Studies is designed to provide students with a solid disciplinary understanding of African American Studies and critical interdisciplinary scholarship. It is rooted in the spirit of the University’s motto, Pro Humanitate, and its commitment to broad-based education.

Did You Know?

  • In Spring 2022 alone, the program sponsored 12 events that delved into topics including COVID-19; disability; climate change; and black media philosophy.
  • The program’s faculty have earned degrees in 25 states, Washington, DC, and one foreign country.


Sample courses for students studying African American Studies include:

  • African American Intellectual Traditions
  • African American Social and Political Thought
  • Race and the Modern World
  • Philosophy and Race
  • Politics of Black Religion

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Clubs & Organizations

African American Studies students participate in the following clubs and organizations:

  • Black Student Alliance
  • African and Caribbean Students Association

Career Outcomes

Careers that often interest African American Studies majors include:

  • Civil Services Worker
  • Cultural Resources Manager
  • Foreign Service Specialist
  • Human Resources
  • Journalist
  • Linguist/Interpreter
  • Media Relations Specialist
  • Political Analyst
  • Professor
  • State and Local Government
  • Social Worker

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Related Programs

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