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.
Email our Undergraduate Advisor, Dr. Michael R. Fisher Jr. for an advising appointment
The Office is Open!
Welcome Back to campus! The Office of the Department of African American Studies is open on a limited basis:
Jaira Fungula, Department Coordinator, is in Monday-Thursday (in-person) 8:00 a.m.-5:00
p.m. and on Friday (virtually) 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Dr. Travis Boyce, Chair is in on Mon/Wed 1PM - 3PM (Remotely Tues/Thurs 11AM - 2PM; Fri 1PM - 3PM)
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.
Apply for Graduation
The deadline to submit your Graduation Application for Spring 2023 graduation is October 3, 2022 to receive 1 semester of priority registration. Meet up with Dr. Boyce to get started!
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We're determined to spark new change while centering on decolonization within our communities and in our daily conversations. Join our Spartan Speaker Series and the Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change (ISSSC) for a list of events!