African American Studies is the systematic study of the historical, cultural, intellectual and social development of people of African descent, the societies of which they are a part, and their contribution to world civi­lization. Its principal geographic domains are the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America, the African continent, and increasingly Western Europe where large Africana communities reside. The field features a diversity of intellectual approaches and practical interests. Based on an interdisciplinary framework, it draws upon the human­ities, and the social and behavioral sciences.

The major in African American Studies prepares students for a wide range of professional and career opportunities. Majors can continue to gradu­ate (including doctoral level) studies in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, or pursue professional programs in law, medi­cine, business, and journalism. Graduates who enter the job market are prepared for careers in human services and public health, educa­tion, public relations, community development, urban planning; and more generally for jobs in the public sector, in central cities and urban institutions, or jobs that involve cultural or intergroup relations as well as international affairs. In the context of metropolitan Detroit, African American Studies graduates will be better prepared to deal with the complexity and diversity of the city’s political and demographic realities as they assume important roles of leadership.



Haiti's Revolutionary History and 'Monstrous' Politics  - read more

Crisis in Puerto Rico and Detroit: Origins and Solutions  - read more

WSU Another Chance bolsters Detroiters’ hope for greater success - read more

Dr. Melba Boyd participates in discussion on events in 1967 Detroit - read more

Dr. Daphne Ntiri invited to join the Centre for Gender Research at Uppsala University in Sweden as Visiting Scholar -  read more

Black History Month Activities: February 2017 - read more

Ghana @ 60: Transitions within Globalization - read more

African American Studies Open House 1/26/17 - read more

African American Studies Graduate Goes to Yale to Prepare for Ph.D. Program - read more

WSU's Department of African American Studies celebrates 45th anniversary - read more

Dr. Melba Boyd, Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of African American Studies, participated in the Third Annual Midtown Literary Walk in Detroit on May 11th.
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Dr. Daphne W. Ntiri, Professor of African American Studies, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to the University of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso for the 2015 winter academic semester.
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