African, African American, Diaspora Studies

Explore the experiences of Africans and people of African descent—and the creative and intellectual contributions they’ve made around the world throughout the diaspora. This enriching program offers courses from across disciplines: art, music and literature; anthropology, psychology and sociology; economics and political science; and history. As an African studies major, you’ll also have the option to study abroad in Africa, the Caribbean and other destinations. This program is also available as a minor.



100% of AAADS majors from the past five years have found employment or achieved a service opportunity within six months of graduation *

of AAADS majors

Recent Graduates

Sample First Jobs

  • College Advisor
  • College Advising Corps
  • Teacher’s Assistant
  • Harlem Children’s Zone

*outcomes data is based on a knowledge rate of 70% for the classes of 2014-2018


Matthew Allen

Professor of Music, Emeritus

John Bezis-Selfa

Chair of the History Department; Professor of History; Latin American Studies Co-coordinator

Claire Buck

Professor of English, Emeritus

Dolita Cathcart

Associate Professor of History; Coordinator for African, African American, Diaspora Studies

R. Tripp Evans

Professor of the History of Art

James Freeman

Associate Professor of Economics

Gerard Huiskamp

Professor of Political Science

Donna O. Kerner

Professor of Anthropology, Emerita; William Isaac Cole Professor of Anthropology

Ellen McBreen

Professor and Chair History of Art; Coordinator of Design

Kim Miller

Professor of the History of Art

Leah Niederstadt

Associate Professor of Museum Studies, History of Art; Curator of the Permanent Collection; Chair, Department of Anthropology

Julie Searles

Senior Professor of the Practice of Music

Ann Sears

Professor of Music; Chair, Music Department

Jonathan David Walsh

Professor of French Studies; Chairman, French Studies Department