Undergraduate Subfields

African American Studies undergraduate courses are offered in three subfields – African American Culture and Life, Race & Public Policy, and Global Race & Ethnicity. 

African American Culture and Life (AACL) Subfield

In this track, students encounter the theoretical canon and keywords, which shape the contemporary discipline of African American Studies. Accessing a range of interdisciplinary areas, situated primarily in the United States, students will learn to take a critical posture in examining the patterns and practices that order and transform black subjects and black life.

Race and Public Policy (RPP) Subfield

In the Race and Public Policy subfield students use and interrogate social science methodologies in examining the condition of the American state and American institutions and practices. With an analysis of race and ethnicity at the center, students will examine the development of institutions and practices, with the growth and formation of racial and ethnic identities, including changing perceptions, measures, and reproduction of inequality.

Global Race and Ethnicity (GRE) Subfield

In the Global Race and Ethnicity subfield students use the prevailing analytical tools and critical perspectives of African American studies to consider comparative approaches to groups, broadly defined. Students will examine the intellectual traditions, socio-political contexts, expressive forms, and modes of belonging of people who are understood to share common boundaries/experiences as either:
(1) Africans and the African Diaspora outside of the United States and
(2) non-African-descended people of color within the United States.

 

Latest in the AAS21 Repertoire

Political Activism and Expression in Today's NBA
Adam Silver, Eddie S. Glaude, Jr., Craig Robinson, Steve Mills
The Souls of Black Folk (Audio and ePub)
W.E.B. Du Bois
Mike Brown’s Body: Meditations on War, Race and Democracy
Robin D.G. Kelley
'The Future of Race' Discussion on Charlie Rose
Cornel West, Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Upcoming Events

Book Release: 'Langston's Salvation: American Religion and the Bard of Harlem' by Wallace Best
Nov 9, 2017 @ 6:00 pm
Remembering Langston Hughes: His Art, Life, and Legacy Fifty Years Later
Nov 10, 2017 - Nov 11, 2017
The Princeton & Slavery Project Symposium
Nov 17, 2017 - Nov 18, 2017
Titus Kaphar, Special Exhibit and Conversation
Nov 18, 2017
Making History Visible: Faculty Roundtable on Art and Visualizing the American Nation
Dec 1, 2017 @ 5:30 pm
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African American Studies for the 21st Century

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  1. 'The Formation of Religio-Racial Identity' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Judith Weisenfeld 47:32
  2. 'What Was African American Marriage?' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Tera Hunter 44:59
  3. 'Before Cornel West, After Cornel West' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Cornel West 52:46
  4. 'An Insistence on Not Being Discouraged' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Chika Okeke-Agulu 55:19
  5. 'A Through Line for African American Studies' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Imani Perry 44:07
  6. 'Activism and Risk in the Face of Trump' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Asanni York, Destiny Crockett 43:02
  7. 'Langston Hughes, Religious Thinker' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Wallace Best 45:50
  8. 'Convergences and Dissonance' Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Keeanga-Yamahatta Taylor, Naomi Murakawa, & Imani Perry 60:08