Moradewun Adejunmobi 

 Halifu Osumare

 African American and African Studies

African American & African Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. Scholars investigate the history and culture of African descent peoples, exploring both the ways in which African-descent experience is configured by social, political, and economic factors, and the aesthetic dimensions of the experience as expressed in the arts and literature. Our curriculum emphasizes courses on the African American experience in the U.S.A., and the African diasporic experience. Students are expected to complete courses in the study of other ethnic cultures as part of their general graduation requirements.

Our students also have the opportunity to participate in program internships (AAS 192), Tutoring (197T), Directed Group Study (AAS 198) and Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates (AAS 199).

The program supports many groups and organizations designed to meet the academic and social needs of African American students and others at Davis including the Black sororities and fraternities, the Black Christian Support group, the Pan-African Student Association, and pre-professional groups in engineering, law, and medicine. Other events in which the program participates are the Black Parents Weekend, Black History Month Celebration, the African American and African Graduation Celebration, and the Annual Student Leadership Conference.

Students may apply for financial support for innovative research projects undertaken under the guidance of individual instructors. Majors and minors are encouraged to take advantage of various internship programs on and off campus. Interns have been placed in state government office in Sacramento, the national office of the NAACP, and the National Art Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Why Study African American & African Studies?

We need to learn and appreciate more fully the history and culture of the various peoples who make up our American nation and the world community — especially where neglect and misrepresentation has led to the development of ethnic stereotypes that breed misunderstanding. Until recently, the study of African Americans and Africans was a negligible part of the university curriculum. As an aspect of the expanded social awareness of the 1960s Black Studies courses were introduced, and today undergraduate and graduate programs are to be found at several campuses across the country. The UC Davis program offers a major and a minor, and is committed to providing students with a multidisciplinary learning experience. For more information about majoring or minoring in African American & African Studies, please contact Dionica Bell at or 530-754-9581.

Designated Emphasis in African American and African Studies

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