The Department of African American Studies aims to provide students throughout the University with critical, interdisciplinary, and specialized knowledge about African and African American populations and its communities. Our curriculum, programming, and scholarship examines, explores, and engages the intellectual traditions within the African Diaspora from multiple perspectives—historical, cultural, philosophical, political, social, and theoretical—in service to its students and society.
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Meet the Chair, Dr. Travis Boyce
Dr. Boyce joined AFAM at SJSU in July 2020. Prior to his arrival, he was the Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Northern CO. His research interests are in contemporary AFAM history and pop culture, especially the intersection of race, fashion, and social media in the sporting world.
The deadline to submit your Graduation Application for Spring/Summer 2021 graduation is October 5, 2020 to receive 1 semester of priority registration. Meet up with Dr. Boyce to get started!
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The African American Studies Department congratulates Senator Kamala Harris for being elected as the first woman, the first Black person and the first Asian American Vice President of the United States of America.