Wesleyan faculty voted December 4th to give Department status to African American Studies. Many of you reading this understand what a long struggle this has been.

It is fitting that the Program should at long last become a Department during the 50th anniversary of the Fisk Takeover, when Black student protest at Wesleyan led to the founding of the Center for African American Studies, the Malcolm X House dorm, and the Black student group Ujaama.


This multidisciplinary, diasporic field produces varied forms of knowledge that are now more important than ever. Students whose education includes African American Studies are better equipped to theorize race and racism, to understand the past and to forge a vision for the future.

We wish to honor all the past faculty, students, staff, alumni, trustees, and parents who have done the work and supported the major. We are now searching for new faculty hires, and we will grow, and we will continue. See you at Reunion and Commencement!  #WesAfAm50

African American Studies

The African American Studies Program at Wesleyan offers a dynamic interdisciplinary approach to the study of people of African descent in the Black Atlantic world, especially in the United States and in the Caribbean.  The major enables undergraduates to bring the methodologies, theories, and insights of diverse disciplines to bear on their studies of the history, literature, politics, culture, and art of peoples of African descent.  Courses, which range from seminars to larger discussion classes, are informed by theoretical and empirical approaches and explore topics such as conceptualizations of race, issues of race and identity, as well as the social structures, cultural traditions, and political realities of Africans in the Diaspora.  



Event Calendar

Apr 29

Jacqueline Woodson Book Reading

06:00 pm

Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel

May 4

Ebony Singers Spring Concert

08:00 pm

CFA Crowell Concert Hall (CFA B) Crowell Concert Hall

center african american studies

Related Links

The Center for African American Studies, houses the African American Studies Program and faculty offices, the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program, and the Vanguard Lounge.Center for African American Studies 

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program

“The Ankh” 

Black Phoenix Rising

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