Welcome to the Department of African American and
African Studies!

Images courtesy of Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art


The Department of African American and African Studies at Rutgers University-Newark offers students an opportunity to study the cultures of the African diaspora, from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Our course offerings focus particularly on the United States, Africa, and the Caribbean, and we hope to include courses on Afro-Hispanic culture in future. Our faculty are trained in diverse fields – anthropology, film studies, literature, history, political science, to name a few -- and our courses are often interdisciplinary in nature. All of the courses are designed to integrate scholarship on gender, race, and class.

News & Announcements

  • Join MIT Professor Craig Steven Wilder on Thursday, October 13 at 6pm in the Dana Room, 4th floor of Dana Library, as he discusses the history of Rutgers University and its role in the development of pre- and post-Revolutionary American culture and society.

  • Join Clay Cane on Thursday, July 14 at 7pm in the Paul Robeson Campus Center, rooms 255-57, as he presents a special screening of "Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay In the Church" and discussion afterwards.

  • Speakers Ilyasah Shabazz (the daughter of Malcolm X) and Imam Amin Muhammed will give a talk on the legacy of Malcolm X on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 6 pm in the Essex Room, Paul Robseon Campus Center.

  • Rutgers Day is a free, family-friendly event! Visit the department's table for "#blackpeoplebelike: The Importance of Black Studies in the Twenty-First Century," an exhibit of past students' work and presentations that discuss the importance of the black narrative to teaching social justice and tolerance in the 21st century.