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African American Studies uses a wide range of techniques from the humanities and social sciences to examine the experience of Africans and the descendants of Africans in communities around the world. At Georgia State University, the Department of African American Studies emphasizes critical thinking, community engagement and social justice in our scholarship and in our teaching.
 
We explore issues of race/ethnicity, culture, gender and social structure from the center of the past and current experiences of Africans and African-descended peoples. Our majors build strong skills in research, oral and written communication, as well as practical professional preparation through service learning. We believe that through unifying research, teaching and service we elevate our students, our community, and the intellectual environment of the university as a whole.