College of Arts and Sciences

The African American Studies Program
provides undergraduate majors and minors with the interdisciplinary tools and resources to study the experiences of people of African descent and to evaluate black historical, cultural, social, economic and political developments in South Carolina, the South, the United States, and beyond. A bachelor's degree in African American Studies from USC provides excellent preparation for graduate studies, professional degrees in law and journalism, and careers in education, politics, health care delivery and administration, social work, tourism, business, non-profit management, and more.

Our principal strengths include black political and social movements, African-American literature, and comparative cultural anthropology. We regularly offer coursework that focuses on South Carolina's black communities, particularly in the Civil Rights era and black women's history, and Sea Islands literature and language. Each year, the program sponsors an annual Robert Smalls Lecture Series and honors students for academic excellence in African American Studies with the Grace Jordan McFadden Award and the Hayes Mizell Research Award. We also work in cooperation with the Institute for African American Research through research seminars and conferences.

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Celebrating the Unsung
Writing African American Historical Romance
... Beverly Jenkins...
Mon 2/27 5:30 p.m.


Learn more about the program's academic requirements, browse our courses offerings, and meet our award-winning faculty. Want to know more about the benefits of majoring in African American Studies?  Click here.


If you are a University of South Carolina faculty member who is interested in becoming a faculty affiliate with African American Studies, please fill out our online application form.