As an African American Studies major, you will immerse yourself in your chosen field through study, research, discourse, community engagement, and study abroad. Your multidisciplinary exploration of African American topics will be guided by a diverse faculty of considerable expertise, encompassing African American and Caribbean literature, history, religion, sociology, drama, writing, political science, and more.

Sample Courses

  • Research Methods in African American Society
  • Caribbean Society since Independence
  • The Harlem Renaissance: Literature and Ideology
  • African American Drama
  • Research in African American Community Programs
  • Seminar in Social Change

Practical Experience

Use Syracuse University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library to support your scholarly and instructional pursuits with extensive resources related to the African American Studies curriculum. The Library encourages lifelong learning through African American research and experience.

Visit the Community Folk Art Center Inc., a vibrant cultural and artistic hub near campus that is committed to the promotion and developments of artists of the African Diaspora.

Join and participate in the many multicultural organizations on campus, including those related to arts and entertainment, cultural and international issues, governance, and professional pursuits. The Student African American Society, founded in 1967, is the largest and oldest non-greek organization at SU.

Seize opportunities to do professional internships – on campus, off campus, or internationally.

Study Abroad

Travel to France for Paris Noir – a five-week international experience for students of all disciplines who want to examine the influence of Black cultures on Paris and the world. Explore themes, exchange ideas with influential Black artists, writers, scholars, and community activists, and meet people from the worlds of politics, fashion, and music.

Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with an international experience through SU Abroad, with more than 100 programs in 60 countries.

Life after Syracuse University

As a College of Arts & Sciences graduate with a major in African American Studies, you can explore such careers as:

  • Community Organizer and Activist
  • Public Interest Law
  • Human Services
  • Advertising, Marketing, and Public Relations
  • Education

You can also pursue graduate training in such areas as law, ethnic and multicultural studies, Latin American and Caribbean studies, journalism, and education. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the U.S.

Learn more about African American Studies.