The Undergraduate Studies Program

If you study the culture and the art of African American you are not studying a regional or minor culture. What you are studying is America. The culture of the people of this country is interdisciplinary, its proactive, its reflective and its about you and me.

– Toni Morrison

Afro-American Studies was never meant to be solely for Afro-Americans. It was meant to try to redefine what it means to be human, what it means to be modern, what it means to be American, because people of African descent in this country are profoundly human, profoundly modern, profoundly American. And so to the degree to which they can see the riches that we have to offer as well as see our shortcomings, is the degree to which they can more fully understand the modern and what modernity is all about, and more fully understand the American experience.

– Cornel West

The Department of African American Studies offers both an Undergraduate Concentration and an Undergraduate Certificate that expand and deepen a students understanding of race in the United States and in the world. Students who pursue and fulfill all requirements for the Concentration are awarded a Bachelors of Arts in African American Studies. Alternatively, the Certificate in African American Studies is equivalent to an academic ‘minor’ in African American Studies. Undergraduate students in both tracks select from the same course offerings.

The Curriculum requirements in the Undergraduate Program in African American Studies reflects the complex interplay between political, economic, and cultural forces that shape our understanding of the historic achievements and struggles of African-descended people in this country and their relation to others around the world.  At Princeton, this means the Course of Study is directed in three distinct subfields; African American Culture and Life; Race and Public Policy; and Global Race and Ethnicity. In addition to offering Concentration and Certificate programs for its home students, the Department of African American Studies organizes a Junior Research Symposium, a Senior Thesis Colloquium program, an African American Studies Study Abroad program, as well as the array of courses, public events, and lecture series open to all students.

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Professor Tera Hunter
(609) 258-8904
thunter@princeton.edu