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African American Studies Program


The establishment of the African American Studies Minor at UC San Diego is rooted in the work and support of Dr. Joseph Watson, former Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at UC San Diego. The Black Student Council, with Dr. Watson's help, was integral in initiating the idea of an African American Studies Program. However, it wasn't until Dr. Cecil Lytle proposed the transition of the Contemporary Black Arts Minor to the African American Studies Minor in 2005 that the expanded study of the African American experience was solidified.  


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.

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