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.


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Fall 2021 Newsletter
Posted on 23 September 2021 | 3:35 pm
We’re excited to share with everyone the Fall 2021 AAST Newsletter! Check it out to see what’s happening in the program this semester.  
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“SOVEREIGNTY & SURVIVANCE IN K-12 EDUCATION”
Posted on 14 September 2021 | 10:39 am
Don’t miss out on this event on September 23rd! The Dr. Conseula Francis Emerging Scholars Lecture Series presents Lelani Sabzalian, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies in Education at the University of Oregon. This event is also the 1st in the AAST & REI Fall 2021 Virtual Lecture Series Decolonizing the Curriculum: Teaching Race Across […]
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Decolonizing the Curriculum: Teaching Race Across the Disciplines
Posted on 1 September 2021 | 11:31 am
Don’t miss out on these events this semester! This year’s theme of Decolonizing the Curriculum: Teaching Race Across the Disciplines kicks off with Dr. Lailani Sabzalian (Oregon University) on September 23rd, soon followed by Dr. Jameliah Shorter-Bourhanou (Holy Cross College) on September 30th. Dr. Sabzalian will discuss race, indigenous populations, and educational pedagogy while Dr. […]
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