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African American Studies at UC San Diego is an interdisciplinary program that examines and leads to an understanding of the experiences of African Americans. The concerns and interests of African Americans have set stage for the advancement of political, educational, social and cultural movement in the United States and in the world.

Fall 2021 Course Offering: AAS 10 & AAS 190!

These courses explore the origins, experiences, and conditions of people of African descent. Each course will allow students to learn the lived experiences and freedom dreams of peoples of African descent and the African Diaspora. In addition to taking these courses, students can apply the course credit towards the African American Studies minor. Students with less than 90 credits are welcome to enroll in AAS 190!

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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.

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Make a difference. Gifts from alumni, parents and friends play an important role in growing the African American Studies Program. Even modest contributions can achieve big results and have a tremendous impact on our campus.


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