We study the cultures of Africa and its diaspora from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Our course offerings focus on African societies as well as on African-descended communities of the United States,the Caribbean, Latin America, and other African diaspora communities around the world. The faculty of African American and African Studies are all specialists of Africana scholarship but trained in a variety of fields, among these literature, history, sociology, political studies, and anthropology. Our courses are mostly interdisciplinary and designed to integrate scholarship on race, gender, and class. Several of our courses are cross-listed with other units. We offer courses that fulfill the general education requirement as well as the intensive writing requirement.
How You Will Learn
Geared towards both the scholarly and the working world, we aim to produce graduates who are ready for advanced graduate study in the humanities or social sciences. We also aim to produce professionals who can work in a variety of fields that require an understanding of the history and cultures of African and African-descended peoples. This major can be used in a broad array of fields,including education; law; health professions; marketing; journalism; and the arts. We encourage our majors to pursue internships, where they can apply their scholarly knowledge to a particular career. Flexibility is a key characteristic of our program.
Special Topics: Black Religions with Prof. Wendell Marsh
Taking a comparative religions approach, this writing-intensive course explores diverse African and African Diasporic religious expressions.
Racism and US Government w/Prof. Jones
This course investigates how the United States government has created and maintained our racial world.
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In Loving Memory of Jerome D. Williams
The Department of African American and African Studies mourns the loss of our dear colleague Dr. Jerome D. Williams.
"I am blessed to have had professors at Rutgers-Newark who believed in and supported me, and to have had the chance to work with communities across the country as a civil rights lawyer on important issues that I’m passionate about"