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VCU’s Department of African American Studies enjoys a rich and distinguished history as the second department of its kind created in Virginia. The pioneers who created the department as it exists today were not without challenges and setbacks, but these visionaries persevered in their commitment to teach and understand the experience of African Americans. The field of African American Studies is not without controversy, but scholars embrace these challenges as opportunities to explore and resolve critical social issues. African American Studies in the past and today imparts knowledge that contributes to positive social change.

Graduates and faculty members at the 2017 diploma ceremony.

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AFAM Spotlight

The Department of Psychology recently reported that AFAM/Psychology double major Akea Robinson was selected by the Society for Research on Adolescence to participate in the Undergraduate Scholars Program. In addition to conducting extensive research work in the Psychology department, Robinson has also been the recipient of African American Studies departmental scholarships.