Graduate Program

The Graduate Studies program in African American Studies provides an opportunity for students to complement doctoral studies in their home department with coordinated interdisciplinary training in African American Studies. Students entering the program may come from any department in the Humanities and Social Sciences.  Requirements for earning the graduate certificate include the introductory readings course, AAS 500; two additional courses; participation in the yearlong Faculty-Graduate Seminar; and completion of a dissertation on a topic of significance to the field of African American Studies. Students wishing to obtain a graduate certificate in African American Studies are encouraged to consult with the Director of Graduate Affairs, ideally during their first year, to plan their course of study.

Graduate engagement with the department is not limited to students pursuing requirements of the certificate. Participation in the Faculty-Graduate Seminar, with its annually rotating focus area, is open to all Princeton graduate students seeking to engage in the intellectually stimulating community of the department. Recent seminar topics include ‘Black Studies in the Digital Age,’ ‘Sexuality in African American Communities and Cultures,’ ‘Black Studies and Biopolitics,’ ‘African/American Diasporic Literature’ and ‘The Politics of Black Families and Intimacies.’ The department also sponsors programming and events throughout the academic year for graduate students at all stages.

Professor Ruha Benjamin serves as the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of African American Studies.

Note:  Students cannot be admitted to Princeton University through the African American Studies Certificate Program since it is not a degree program. All graduate admissions decisions will be made through affiliated departments.



Upcoming Graduate Events

Imani Perry on Breathe: A Letter to My Sons

Thu, Oct 1, 2020, 5:00 pm
Award-winning author Imani Perry talks with Jaimee A. Swift from Black Women Radicals about her new book Breathe: A Letter to my Sons. Register through Eventbrite to receive a link to the video conference on the day of the event. This event will also be recorded and have live captioning.

AAS Graduate Job Market Workshop

Tue, Oct 6, 2020, 4:30 pm

In this hour-long discussion, African American studies faculty will offer candid reflections on the academic job and fellowship market.

Location: via ZOOM

Combahee Experimental: Black Women's Experimental Filmmaking – Filmmaking in Troubled Times

Wed, Oct 7, 2020, 6:00 pm

The Program in Visual Arts presents a series of conversations and film screenings that celebrate the work of Black women filmmakers and their unique cinematic contributions to contemporary visual culture.