African American Studies Program



The African American Studies Program examines Black life in the United States through interdisciplinary, Diasporic frameworks. This approach provides students with robust analytic skills to examine the ways in which African Americans’ multifaceted realities and powerful legacies have shaped and continue to evolve within the current national and international contexts.



Graduates of the African American Studies Program will be theoretically and methodologically grounded in selected disciplinary frameworks that can translate into endless career possibilities such as academia, public policy, law, and STEM. The African American Studies Program cultivates critical, problem-solving tools with which students can engage in a range of challenging issues within multiple professional and social contexts.


Umoja Day

Faculty Director

Thandeka Chapman
Pepper Canyon Hall, Room 325


Program Coordinator

Mya D. Hines
Humanities & Social Sciences, Room 1105
(858) 534-3856

Office Hours (Fall, Winter & Spring): 
Mondays, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Black Resource Center

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