African and African American Studies is cross-disciplinary program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences that offers students the opportunity to explore the history, and experiences of Blacks in America, Africans, and peoples of African descent across the globe. Students in the program analyze the experiences of these groups through the study of History, Literature, Art, Religion, Political Science, Psychology, Anthropology, Economics and Sociology. They gain knowledge and develop skills and sensitivities to help them function effectively in today’s diverse world. At present students can Minor, or design their own Interdisciplinary Studies Major with an emphasis, in African and African American Studies.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary Studies Major

Students may complete an approved LAS interdisciplinary major program in African and African American Studies. An interdisciplinary major consists of 27-40 credits of course work from various departments designed to reflect the student’s particular interests and goals. For detail see the General Catalog under the headings African and African American Studies and LAS Cross-Disciplinary Studies.


African American Studies Minor requires 18 credits in the program including Introduction to African American Studies (AFAM 201). Independent study opportunities in a particular area of interest are also available for credit (AFAM 490).