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Why is African American Studies So Important?

African and African American Studies critically examines African and Diaspora experiences, institutions and perspectives, with particular focus on the ways in which gender/sex, class, racial capitalism and ideological theories have shaped the lives of Black peoples.

Earlham College encourages students to explore these issues from a variety of perspectives, with students in African American Studies taking courses in History, English, Languages and Cultures, Philosophy, Politics, Religion and Sociology/Anthropology.

Study Abroad for African and African American Studies

At Earlham, students in African and African American Studies can participate in educational opportunities in England, Ecuador, France, Germany, Ghana, Haiti, Martinique, Mexico, Spain, Tanzania, Senegal as well as in major U.S. cities. These experiences help students develop a more nuanced understanding of the issues they study in the classroom and also allow them to build cross-cultural competencies that will prepare them for lives and careers after college. Learn more about our off-campus study opportuntities.

Student-Faculty Research Opportunities

In addition to being great teachers, Earlham faculty are also active scholars. Professors often involve students in collaborative research projects. Areas of expertise include Hip Hop culture, civil rights history, comparative politics in Africa, mass incarceration and more. Learn more Collaborative Research at Earlham.

What Can I do with a Degree in African American Studies?

Many Earlham graduates pursue law school, medical school and graduate school at such prestigious institutions as Boston University, Columbia University, Northeastern University, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, and University of Rochester. Learn more about what Earlham alumni do after graduation.

Take the steps toward studying
African American studies

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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