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Welcome to the Department of African American & African Studies! In this challenging and diverse academic environment, we offer an exciting and significantly relevant range of areas of concentration, courses, and ideas. Within a single academic department our students study the rich social, political, economic, and cultural complexities of Africa, African America, and the broader African Diaspora. Learn more >>

What can you do with a major in African American & African Studies? (PDF)

Learn about the history of African Americans at the University of Minnesota via this publication: Contributions of African Americans to the University of Minnesota (PDF)

Department News

  • Njeri Githire publishes "Cannibal Writes"; Poets speak on Ferguson

    Thumbnail image for Cannibal Writes.png Cannibal Writes: Eating Others in Caribbean and Indian Ocean Women's Writing
    Njeri Githire, AA&AS associate professor, will talk about her new book Cannibal Writes as part of the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change Brown Bag Series on Friday, November 7 at 12pm at 537 Heller Hall, 271 19th Avenue S
    Minneapolis. Learn more.

    "Living Past Living in the Present" is a community forum about the rising tensions in Ferguson, Missouri and the role of state violence. Cafe Southside, 3405 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis.

    Ferguson Forum.pdf Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Michael Brown poster.jpg Poets Tish Jones, Taiyon Coleman and Chaun Webster will share their insights and challenge us to rethink violence against Black bodies. Friday, November 7, 6pm at

    October 27th, 2014

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