Undergraduate Program

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 Bachelor 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.  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 a Concentration and Certificate program for its home students, the Department organizes a Junior Research Seminar, a Senior Thesis Colloquium, African American Studies Study Abroad opportunities, as well as an array of courses, public events, and lecture series open to all students.

 Professor Naomi Murakawa serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) for the Department of African American Studies.

"If you study the culture and the art of African Americans 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."

– Dr. Cornel West

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