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

The Department of African American Studies presents the Black History in the Making Awards to outstanding students each year. (File photo)

March 3, 2023

Founder of Black History in the Making Awards urges newest recipients to fight for truth

Daryl Dance, who started the awards in 1983, says, “Many of the major victories in African American history either began with college students or were joined and supported by college students throughout our nation.”

Dr. Grace Gipson hugs a student who has received an award

March 2, 2023

Department of African American Studies celebrates recipients of the 2023 Black History in the Making award

On February 28, the Department of African American Studies hosted a ceremony and reception honoring the 2023 Black History in the Making award (photo credit: LA Ricks)

Black History Month at VCU will feature a wide variety of events and activities. (Getty Images)

Feb. 3, 2023

An overview of 2023 Black History Month events and activities at VCU

February’s lineup includes a wide range of opportunities for students, staff, faculty and the community.

AFAM Spotlight