Smith and Carlos Statues photo
San José State University Alumni Tommie Smith and John Carlos display their "silent gesture" for human rights at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.

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.


Don't wait to get the support you need! We want to help keep you on track to make the most of your time at SJSU and to graduate on time. 

The Diasporic People's Writing Collective

DPWC is a great way to get involved. They meet up on a regular basis and they host speakers. See their website for more information on what they do and how to join.

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.

Apply for Graduation

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!

AFAM Website

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Congratulations Senator Kamala Harris!

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.

AFAM Team at City Hall Photo
On Tuesday, November 19th, San José City Hall awarded the Department of African American studies for their incredible achievements and contributions to the city of San José.