African American Studies

African American Studies began as a discipline formally with a student strike at San Francisco State in 1968.  Students demanded that the history and culture of black Americans be included as part of the curriculum and intellectual life on their campus.
The African American Studies Program at the College of Charleston carries on that legacy.  Offering both an interdisciplinary major and minor, the program focuses on the study of African American experiences.  African American Studies aims to provide students an understanding of the history and culture of African Americans; to introduce students to the diversity of African American experiences in a variety of disciplines; to promote the study of African American history and culture in the larger community; and to make African American Studies an integral part of intellectual life at the College of Charleston.

Students with degrees in African American Studies pursue careers in various areas, such as law, politics, medicine, art, teaching, entertainment, and journalism.



Mari Crabtree The Department of African American Studies at Princeton University has selected Professor Mari N. Crabtree to be an Associate Research Scholar for the 2019–2020 academic year. She will spend next year revising her book manuscript, My Soul is a Witness: Lynching and Southern Memory, 1940–1970, which is under contract with the New Directions in Narrative History Series at Yale University Press. The postdoctoral fellowship will also support research for her next book project, which explores subterfuge and deception as strategies for critiquing white supremacy within the African American protest tradition. In addition to participating in colloquia, seminars, and lectures sponsored by Princeton’s Department of African American Studies, she will deliver a public lecture on her research.

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Spring 2020 Book Club Selection
Posted on 15 January 2020 | 8:42 am
The Spring 2020 book selection for the joint Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World Program and African American Studies is Every Nation Has Its Dish: Black Bodies & Black Food in Twentieth-Century America by Jennifer Jensen Wallach.  The book club meeting (there will only be one since it’s a relatively short book) will be lead by Jacob […]
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Port of Entry – Episode 4 – “Reimagining the Middle Passage”
Posted on 14 January 2020 | 3:39 pm
Click the link below to listen to the 3rd episode of Port of Entry! Episode 4: “Reimagining the Middle Passage” African American Studies in collaboration with LCWA’s World Affairs Signature Series and the Carolina Lowcountry and the Atlantic World Program were pleased to host author and professor Daniel Omotosho Black this fall. Dr. Black visited […]
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