Department of African American Studies
Learn about the interplay between political, economic and cultural forces unique to the global African experience and central to American culture. Shape your understanding through interdisciplinary study and draw insights from the arts, religion, sociology and more.
African American Studies (AAS) investigates the cultural, literary, historical, socioeconomic and other issues affecting the African, African American, and African Caribbean experiences, and ultimately the Black experience in the United States.
Gain historical understanding and insight through the lens of the humanities by examining art, literature, religion and music of the Pan African world. Discover social and scientific influences through the interdisciplinary study of sociology, political science, economics and anthropology.
Teaching and research emphasizes critical and analytical skills to prepare you to think, write and speak critically, and to make your own sense of the world.
Supplement your studies of the African diaspora and the life and culture of Black people at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library. Access special collections and a wide variety of media, personal papers, artifacts and photographs.
Broaden your understanding and link your studies to the local community by studying at, visiting or working at the Community Folk Art Center.
The Africa Initiative is a campus-wide project focused on Africa highlighting teaching, research and publications by Syracuse University scholars representing a variety of disciplines including the arts, humanities, social and natural sciences, mathematics, engineering and others.
What can I do with my degree?
As a graduate of the AAS program, your future is unlimited. Studying African American Studies will give you many skills desired by future employers, such as:
- Analytical and creative thinking
- Writing and speaking
- Multi-cultural awareness
- Synthesizing new ideas
Whatever your interests, your liberal arts degree can take you far—from journalism, politics or education to film, public policy or law. To learn more about all your options, talk to your advisor.
Students of African American Studies are encouraged to explore credit-bearing study options, including summer programs, through Syracuse University Abroad and its partners.
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Meaninglessness: Time, Rhythm, and the Undead in Postcolonial Cinema
Meaninglessness: Time, Rhythm, and the Undead in Postcolonial Cinema, by Vlad Dima, Michigan
State University Press (September 1, 2022), 220 pp., ISBN-13: 978-1628954760,
The Beautiful Skin: Football, Fantasy, and Cinematic Bodies in Africa
The Beautiful Skin: Football, Fantasy, and Cinematic Bodies in Africa, by Vlad Dima, Michigan State University Press; 1st edition (September 1, 2020), 276pp., ISBN-13: 978-1611863703
Feminist Freedom Warriors: Genealogies, Justice, Politics, and Hope
Feminist Freedom Warriors: Genealogies, Justice, Politics, and Hope, edited by Chandra Talpade Mohanty and linda E. Carty, Haymarket Books (June 5, 2018), 200pp., ISBN-13: 978-1608468973
Freedom's Racial Frontier: African Americans in the Twentieth-Century West
Freedom's Racial Frontier: African Americans in the Twentieth-Century West, edited Herbert G. Ruffin II, Mack, and Taylor, University of Oklahoma Press (March 15, 2018), 424pp., ISBN-13: 978-0806159775
ILLUMINATIONS ON CHINUA ACHEBE: The Art of Resistance
ILLUMINATIONS ON CHINUA ACHEBE: The Art of Resistance, by M cere G thae M go and Herbert G. Ruffin II, Africa World Press, Inc.; First edition (June 9, 2017), 214pp., ISBN-13: 978-1569025437
Ethnicities and Tribes in Sub-Saharan Africa: Opening Old Wounds
Ethnicities and Tribes in Sub-Saharan Africa: Opening Old Wounds, by S.N. Sangmpam, Palgrave Macmillan; 1st ed. 2017 edition (March 15, 2017), 112pp., ISBN-13: 978-3319501994
Sonic Space in Djibril Diop Mambety's Films
Sonic Space in Djibril Diop Mambety's Films, by Vlad Dima, Indiana University Press (January 9, 2017), 244pp., ISBN-13: 978-0253024213
Addressing Environmental and Food Justice toward Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Poisoning and Imprisoning Youth
Addressing Environmental and Food Justice toward Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Poisoning and Imprisoning Youth, edited by K. A., Ducre, Nocella, and Lupinacci, Palgrave Macmillan; 1st ed. 2017 edition (November 11, 2016), 199pp., ISBN-13: 978-1137508249
(March 17, 2023)Rewriting Kenyan History
A&S grad student Joy Nyokabi Karinge advocates for access to unsanitized history of Kenya and beyond.
(Jan. 18, 2023)A Warm Winter Welcome to A&S’ Newest Faculty Members
The College of Arts and Sciences welcomes eight new professors this semester.
(Oct. 24, 2022)CFAC Celebrates 50 Years
The Community Folk Art Center fulfills a mission to bridge campus and the community through the arts.
(June 21, 2022)Inspiration into Action: David Mwambari G’10 Reflects on A&S as a Springboard for his Scholarly Journey
Mwambari, an assistant professor at King’s College London, recently won one of the European Research Council’s most prestigious research grants for his project helping refugees to share their life histories.