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    Programs of Study

    The Institute offers a major, minor, and graduate certificate in African American Studies. 

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Welcome to the Institute for African American Studies

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Students from the African American Choral Ensemble performing on the Chapel stage

The Institute for African American Studies offers students a degree that focuses on the history of the African American people, their impact on American culture, as well as their modern experience in today's world. We explore African American literature that dates back to the late 1700's, as well as their influence in theater and art.  It explores race and ethnicity in America, as well as cultural diversity and how it varies across groups.

Our institute provides students with the opportunity to participate in exciting lectures and discussions led by faculty members that are engaged in promoting the study of people of African descent and their experiences throughout history. 

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Danielle Obiri graduated this past Spring 2022 with degrees in African American Studies (AB) and Genetics (BS). Immediately following graduation, Danielle began medical school at the Medical College of Georgia pursuing a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree.
The Institute for African American Studies proudly celebrates Aslean Janelle Florence, a fourth year majoring in Sociology with a minor in African American Studies, on her recent acceptance to the
The Institute for African American Studies is proud to announce the winners of the 2022 Lee Roy B. Giles Encouragement Award, established in 2010 by his wife, Dr. Freda Scott Giles, Professor Emerita in the Institute.

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The Institute defines support in diverse ways to give you as many options as possible to assist in our mission. We consider “friend-raising" as important as fund-raising. Your financial contributions and support help us to develop and strengthen our programs and offerings, both on campus and in the community. 

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Study within African American cultural history provides a basis for understanding political, social, and economic relations throughout human history.

Graduate Certificate

The Institute for African American Studies offers a graduate certificate in African American Studies. The program is designed for currently enrolled graduate students in good standing who are matriculated in Masters, Doctoral, Professional, and Specialist degree programs, as well as non-degree seeking enrolled graduate students.

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Students

Nicollette Lewis is from Marietta, Georgia, by way of Birmingham, Alabama. Lewis graduated from the University of Georgia in Spring of 2017 with a degree in Biological Science and a minor in African American Studies. She is currently a third year medical student at the Medical…

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Greetings from Director

I am delighted to welcome you to the webpage for and to The Institute for African American Studies. The IAAS is the unit at The University of Georgia that examines all dimensions of the African diaspora in the United States. We are an interdisciplinary faculty, with scholars from English Language and Literature, Sociology, Theater and Film Studies, History, and Religion, among others. These diverse approaches offer our majors and minors and our certificate students, both undergraduate and graduate, multiple entry points into the study of African American life. We welcome all to our program, courses, and ongoing events.

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