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African American Studies

Designed for highly motivated and intellectually adventurous students, the African American Studies Program allows you to learn about the history, culture and contemporary situations of African Americans in South Carolina, the South, the U.S. and beyond.

What to Expect

The program is set apart from other universities by its research specializations in South Carolina's black communities, particularly in civil rights era, black women's history and sea islands language and literature. As an African American studies major, you will be exposed to exciting and rigorous coursework and develop an understanding of race and the African American experience, as well as the dynamics of the African diaspora.

Through required coursework, you will be able to develop service-learning experience by applying your knowledge in local civic organizations, public agencies, churches and institutes of research.


Undergraduate Degree

B  B.A. in African American Studies

Part of the College of Arts and Sciences, the African American Studies Program focuses on academic strengths that include black political and social movements, African American literature and comparative cultural anthropology. The program also features an annual Robert Scott Smalls Lecture Series that brings nationally renown scholars and researchers in African American studies to the general public.

The following courses fulfill some of the requirements for a bachelor's degree with a major in African American Studies:

  • Introduction to African American Studies before 1900
  • Introduction to African American Studies after 1900
  • Seminar in African American Studies

Some additional unique and interesting courses offered by the major include:

  • Race and Science Fiction
  • The Anthropological View of Blacks in Film

Apply for Undergraduate Admission

Our Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides the most current information on the application process so you can check the requirements based on your current status and find university scholarships.