African American Studies at CofC

African American Studies began as a discipline formally with a student strike at San Francisco State in 1968.

Students demanded that the history and culture of black Americans be included as part of the curriculum and intellectual life on their campus. The African American Studies Program at the College of Charleston carries on that legacy. Offering both an interdisciplinary major and minor, the program focuses on the study of African American experiences. African American Studies aims to provide students

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Who are African Americans? How do they shape America? Past. Present. Future. Culture. Society. Part of the fabric of America.

Want to learn more? Register for AAST 200 - Introduction to African American Studies in Spring 2024!


Check out our Spring 2024 course offerings!

James Baldwin! Black Sexual Politics! What is Home? Toni Morrison!


Apply for the Boren Awards! Compete for funding for study abroad! Contact the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards ([email protected]) by January 1, 2024 to get started on Boren!


Studying in Cuba? Explore the links of nature with history in the Caribbean. How did the sub-Saharan winds affect the sailing vessels that were instrumental in the trans-Atlantic slave trade, industrialization, and neocolonial relationships?


Looking for a course with an in-depth study of an African American Writer? Want to delve into the writings of Toni Morrison? Look no further for Spring 2024 and add another course towards your African American Studies major or minor!


Explore the mobilization of Black Activism across Latin American and the Caribbean while working towards a major or minor in African American Studies


Learn more about how to interpret heritage and history while working on your African American Studies major or minor!


Join us in exploring the American South through the region's music, landscapes, art, foodways, and other cultural traditions while working towards an African American Studies major or minor!


Study in Cuba with us! Explore the promotion of Negritude and Arofcubanismo and the co-opting of these traditions for nation-bulding

Counts toward an African American Studies major and minor!


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What is home? Is it a place? The company of particular people? A state of being? A set of rituals and traditions? A spiritual connection to the land?

Learn Black women's perspectives on home from the trans-Atlantic slave trade and immigration to the search for cultural roots and spiritual home-goings.

Register for HONS 265 What is Home? Black Women Writers and the Meaning of Home Spring 2024


Gender and sexuality in the formation of historical and contemporary racism AND anit-racist black politics.

Want to Learn more? Register for AAST 300 Black Sexual Politics.


2.23 million inmates. 7x increase between 1972-2012 in the US prison system. The population: disproportionately African American and Latinx. How? Why? Consequences? Solutions?

Want to learn more? Register for AAST 360 Mass Incarceration and its Roots for Spring 2024


Black diasporic uprisings! Black radical love! Impiety! Witness the height of the mid-20th century civil rights uprisings through the writings of a prophetic and radical voice for racial justice of the literary & cultural icon, James Baldwin.


On this day, November 24, 1877:

146 years ago today, shortly before her death, Anna Sewell published her only novel, Black Beauty, the first major animal story in children's literature.

The moral of the story is: Everyone has a book in them. Publish it now! Laws against our ability to learn to read and write kept us (Black Folks) from recording our own history, therefore much of our history ended up in graveyards buried with the Ancestors. Through our own knowledge and research, we can now tell our own stories.

As a child, I was more enamored by the title "Black Beauty" more than the story itself.


Explore the intersections of anti-racism, spiritualit, justice, and

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