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2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of African American Studies

Office: Washington Square Hall 216

Telephone: 408-924-5871




Ruth P. Wilson

Associate Professors

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

Assistant Professors

Jalylah Burrell
Michael Fisher
Wendy Thompson Taiwo


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)


      African American Studies