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College of Arts and Sciences

African American Studies

African American Studies is an interdisciplinary field that examines the history, culture, beliefs, and actions of people of African descent in the United States and across the world. Programs and departments of African American studies were first created in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s as a result of student and faculty activism at many universities. It is an examination of the Black experience, including society’s effects on African Americans and their effects on society.

The field includes scholars of African American literature, politics, religion, sociology, and many other disciplines within the humanities and social sciences. Scholars in African American Studies come from all racial and ethnic backgrounds.

A bachelor’s degree in African American Studies 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, science, business, non-profit management, and more.

Undergraduate: B.A.                  

The University of South Carolina offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in African American Studies. The principal strengths of our program include black political and social movements, African-American literature, and comparative cultural anthropology.  The program offers coursework that focuses on South Carolina's black communities, particularly during the Civil Rights era, as well as black women's history and Sea Islands language and literature.


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Dr. Valinda Littlefield
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