Why African American Studies?

African American studies in the past and today imparts knowledge that contributes to positive social change.

Our curriculum helps students learn how to define, measure, interpret and validate Black experiences. Graduates leave us ready to think and to act in order to solve the unstructured problems that confront Black communities.

Learn more about the value of a degree in African American studies.


a single candle burning in the dark

May 17, 2022

Statement on Buffalo massacre

We stand in solidarity with the collective efforts of our local community and nationwide grassroots movements that continue the fight against acts of domestic terrorism fueled by white supremacy that now includes attacks on 13 people.

aerial view of v.c.u. campus

May 5, 2022

Students surprised with special Zoom guest from the show ‘P-Valley’

Cherokee Hall shares her experiences with students who are taking a course that explores the Black female voice in television and blends pop culture with real-world issues and problems.

Mignonne Guy, Ph.D., said the FDA’s proposal to ban menthol cigarettes would save lives, particularly those of Black Americans. (Getty Images)

April 29, 2022

VCU expert: FDA proposed ban on menthol cigarettes ‘historic and long overdue’

Mignonne Guy, Ph.D., was recently appointed to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee.

AFAM Spotlight

Meet Shawn

Shawn Williams says majoring in African American studies helps him build towards a healthier, inclusive, antiracist future. Visit our 'Meet a Student' page to read more about Shawn, including his favorite courses, professors and sources of inspiration.

Shawn Williams