— Langston Hughes
from unpublished notes for his autobiography,
The Big Sea, c. 1940. (Courtesy of Jake Dorman)
Our department will introduce you to African and African-American histories, cultures and societies in general. Although Africa and Afro-America are the major areas of study, due attention is paid to the Caribbean and Latin America. The interdisciplinary major, with its opportunity for fieldwork in Africa or in the African Diaspora, also encourages students to engage in independent study to maximize their academic and research potential.
In addition to academic interests, our program will prove useful for professionals whose careers take them to these geographic and cultural areas.
For student scholarships, faculty research, lecture series, teaching awards, service awards, and overall improvement, the Department encourages and welcomes donations. Please, use this link to donate to the African & African-American Studies Department.