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.

News

Sesha Joi Moon, Ph.D., a two-time VCU graduate, joined the U.S. House of Representatives' Office of Diversity and Inclusion as its director this summer. (Kristina Aleksander, U.S. House of Representatives Office of Diversity and Inclusion)

Aug. 24, 2022

Alum Sesha Joi Moon ‘working with purpose and on purpose’ as leader of diversity, equity and inclusion at U.S. Capitol

Moon, a two-time VCU graduate who this summer became the director of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Office of Diversity and Inclusion, encourages students to have ‘equal parts patience and perseverance’ as they embark on their careers.

Sarah Golding, Ph.D., (left) and Allison Johnson, Ph.D., talk with faculty during a Leaders for Inclusive Learning faculty development workshop in summer 2021. In the yearlong Leaders for Inclusive Learning program, faculty worked to increase student success through inclusive teaching and learning practices and have taken those practices back to their faculty peers in their departments for even greater impact. (Alexis Finc, VCU College of Humanities and Sciences)

July 13, 2022

The goal? Success for every student

Leaders for Inclusive Learning program trains instructors on how best to serve their students and lead systemic change.

June 15, 2022

Juneteenth: A reading list

This list of faculty-recommended books can help you learn about and celebrate Juneteenth.

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