The African American Studies program examines from an interdisciplinary perspective the historical, cultural, and intellectual development of people of African descent on the African continent and in the New World. The program offers three geopolitical areas of study: Africa, North America (United States and Canada), and the circum-Caribbean (including Latin America). The emphasis of the program is on the development of analytical skills and creative scholarship within a wide interdisciplinary exposure to the African American field.
The African American Studies program provides opportunities for (a) students who wish to minor in African American studies, (b) students who are not concentrating on African American studies but who wish to improve their understanding of the black experience, and (c) students who wish to supplement their work in related fields with courses offered by the program. The program also offers training to those considering careers in social work, education, journalism, law, business management, city planning, international affairs, and creative writing. Students with backgrounds in history, sociology, anthropology, literature, law, psychology, education, nursing, philosophy, politics and government, art, music, religion, economics, business, and communication arts will find that the African American Studies program offers them an important perspective with which to approach their respective disciplines in our multiracial society.