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What is the African-American Studies Program?

African-American Studies is committed to promoting social justice perspective and community engagement that reflects the origins of our inter-disciplinary field. Our research focus engages the experiences of Africans and African descendants in the U.S. and globally through the lens of ethnicity, culture, gender, sexuality, and social structure. Moreover, our instruction and curriculum promotes critical thinking, research skills, and proficiency in oral and written communication. The presence of AAS at GSU enhances the curriculum and diversity of perspective in our wider intellectual community. We are building a legacy of scholar-activism and welcome you to be a part of it.

Our Mission Statement

The Department of African-American Studies at Georgia State University is dedicated to preserving, fostering, and expanding the interdisciplinary study of Black people and all those of African descent. Building on a tradition of academic excellence and social responsibility, we provide critical service to the intellectual community, the larger society, and the world.​

Our Vision

It is the vision of the Department of African-American Studies that each student touched by us, each faculty who teaches, each worker supporting our goals, each community person we engage with, and the wider GSU community will witness and benefit from our work to promote academic excellence and social responsibility grounded in the cultural heritage of Africana peoples.


Affirming Our Commitment To Social Responsibility

Inclusivity Statement: In keeping with our tradition of academic excellence and social responsibility, the Department of African American Studies at Georgia State University welcomes all peoples regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender expression, sexual identity, or disability status. We subscribe to the principles of self-determination for all peoples and intentionally seek to recognize and affirm all of the varied identities that we engage and encounter.

Georgia State offers students who experience issues around homelessness assistance through the Embark program, but many students and faculty are unaware of the services. Faculty can help increase awareness of the Embark program by adding a “Basic Needs Statement” to their syllabi or iCollege Resources page.

Basic Needs Statement: Students who face challenges securing their food or housing and believe this may affect their performance in a course are urged to contact the dean of students for support. Notify the professor if you are comfortable in doing so. This will enable us to provide resources we may possess. The Embark program provides resources for students facing homelessness