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.

Programs

Faculty

Matthew Allen

Professor of Music

John Bezis-Selfa

Associate Professor of History; Chair of the History Department

Claire Buck

Professor of English;

Dolita Cathcart

Associate Professor of History

Shawn Christian

Associate Professor

R. Tripp Evans

Professor of the History of Art

Peony Fhagen

Associate Professor of Psychology; Associate Provost for Diversity and Faculty Development

James Freeman

Associate Professor of Economics, Coordinator for African, African American, Diaspora Studies

Gerard Huiskamp

Professor of Political Science

Donna O. Kerner

Professor of Anthropology; William Isaac Cole Professor of Anthropology

Kim Miller

Jane Oxford Keiter '64 Professor of Women's & Gender Studies and History of Art; Peace & Social Justice Studies Coordinator

Leah Niederstadt

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

Julie Searles

Instructor of Music, Director of World Dance

Ann Sears

Professor of Music; Chair, Music Department

Jonathan David Walsh

Professor of French Studies

Outcomes

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

100%
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