WHAT You’ll LEARN

  • African American and other African diasporic exeriences
  • Roles of race, power, difference, and intersectionality
  • Transdisciplinary skills in analytics and reflexive and community-based methodologies
  • Interdisciplinary studies, including history, sociology, communications, political science, psychology, social theory, the arts, economics, education, and science

WHO YOU COULD BE

  • Teacher
  • Case manager
  • Financial analyst
  • Systems analyst
  • Director of public policy and government affairs
  • Business development and communications manager

OVERVIEW

How does the experience of African American people inform one’s understanding of contemporary societal interactions and conditions? Why is an interdisciplinary approach to knowledge, such as the African American studies approach, fundamental to critical thinking? What African American voices, experiences, events, communities, policies, and cultural components are under-interrogated, yet essential, for active and informed citizens of the world to understand?

African American (AFAM) studies is interdisciplinary, with focal fields such as history, sociology, English studies, communication studies, political science, psychology, social theory, art, music, economics, education, and even natural sciences, including environmental science, with a social justice lens. In AFAM, students cultivate transdisciplinary skills, develop informed perspectives, and engage with their communities with the guidance of professors.

 

 

Dexter Gordon, Professor and Director, African American Studies
FACULTY
Dexter Gordon, professor and director, African American studies

"Colleagues in African American studies are unwavering in their commitment to the two foundational principles of the discipline: rigorous scholarship and responsible social engagement."