Our department explores and contributes to the wide range of current research and scholarly opinion on the history, culture, and social status of black Americans and their African heritage. We introduce undergraduates to the field, offering a Bachelor of Arts degree, as well as interdepartmental majors with English, History, Religious Studies, and Sociology. Our degrees combine well with other areas of study.
We are one of only a small number of departments in the country offering a Ph.D. in African American Studies, and one of the few to explore the diaspora component. We also offer a Master of Arts degree, as well as three dual M.A. degrees—in Library and Information Science, with the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and in Creative Writing with the English department.
Ours is a vibrant and active faculty who contribute research of international reach and reputation. We are community-centered, valuing a fusion between scholarship and service. We pride ourselves on maintaining a warm and welcoming department, committed to the promotion of interdisciplinarity and inclusion.