About The Department


The Department of African American Studies becomes an intellectual arena in which students learn to critically examine, analyze, interpret and affect the experiences, traditions, and dynamics of people of African descent, and by extension, to develop a fuller understanding of humankind.

The Department’s guiding philosophy is African-centered in that we believe that an understanding of the specific cultural and historical experiences of a people must guide and inform any productive analysis and interpretation of that people’s past and present, and must guide any viable directives that are offered for their future.
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