Since its formal inception in 1994, AAS has made tremendous strides in fulfilling its mandate "to become a regionally and ultimately a nationally recognized Department of African-American Studies."
Prepares students for professional life and social responsibility with an emphasis on critical engagement, communication skills, research and social justice. The department offers a master’s degree with competitive funding with two primary areas of emphasis: Community Empowerment, and Culture and Aesthetics.
Our department offers a bachelor of arts degree, master of arts degree and graduate certificate that rest upon the critical study of all people of African descent. The curriculum of African-American Studies examines the Black experience through an interdisciplinary perspective grounded in social justice.
– Audre Lorde, “Learning From the 60s”