Jul 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of African American Studies

Office: Washington Square Hall 216

Telephone: 408-924-5871

Email: afam-studies@sjsu.edu

Website: www.sjsu.edu/afam

Associate Professors

Travis D. Boyce, Chair
Akilah R. Carter-Francique

Assistant Professors

Michael R. Fisher Jr
Wendy M. Thompson


An indispensable part of the mission of a metropolitan university, the Department of African American Studies provides a comprehensive liberal arts education by training our students to appreciate diversity and multicultural American society. Our unique interdisciplinary curriculum focuses on the areas of: crime/justice, politics, urbanization, religion, history, sociology/welfare, psychology, African history/politics, gender equality, aesthetics and general education courses. Our upper division courses cover such topics as the Harlem Renaissance, African American women in history, and black images in American film and television. Our faculty contributes to scholarship in the field, and we are intellectually and professionally linked to local and national African American communities through our membership and support of professional associations such as the National Council of Black Studies.


    Undergraduate Major(s)

    Undergraduate Minor(s)

    Spartan Accelerated Graduate Education (SAGE) Scholars

    Spartan Accelerated Graduate Education (SAGE) Programs  programs are combined bachelor’s and master’s programs at SJSU (per University Policy F19-1). Sometimes they may also satisfy the requirements for a credential. Students in these programs pursue a bachelor’s and master’s degree simultaneously. These program allow students to earn graduate credit while in their junior and/or senior year, reducing the number of semesters required for completion of a master’s degree.


      African American Studies