African and African American Studies

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As a student in the African and African American Studies program in the School of Social Transformation at ASU you will get hands-­on experience with faculty dedicated to social justice and become a part of an inclusive and supportive community of learners.

You will study real­-world issues in African and African American history, migration patterns (African Diaspora), art, literature, religion, family life and education, as well as how race and institutional racism have impacted the development of African descended people in America and around the world.

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African and African American Studies is an interdisciplinary program with a faculty trained in a variety of areas, including anthropology, education, history, journalism, literature, psychology, sociology, political science and women’s studies. Our faculty examine a wide array of issues and accomplishments of African-descended peoples at various times and places in history.

Students at all levels are encouraged to gain research and career experience by working closely with faculty or pursuing an internship from the 180+ experiences across the country.

For students in the bachelor’s degree program in African and African American studies, you can choose to specialize in:

  • African Studies
  • African Diaspora Studies

What can you do with a degree in African and African American studies? Anything! You will graduate with the ability to thrive in any career. As a liberal arts major you will develop strong critical thinking, analytical, research and writing skills. According to former Google Vice President Marissa Mayer, 75 percent of Google hires each year are liberal arts or humanities majors.

Graduates with a B.A. in African and African American studies are globally aware, socially engaged and knowledgable. Students have gone on to:

  • Attend graduate school in any number of disciplines, including anthropology, archeology, history, political science, psychology, and sociology
  • Attend medical school or law school
  • Pursue a career in journalism, teaching, law enforcement, social policy, human rights or civil rights
  • Start their own business
  • Write novels or screen plays

Join us, and pursue the work you believe in.