African American and African Diaspora Studies

Address: 349 Curry Building
Phone: 336.334.5507
Web site: https://aads.uncg.edu/

Majors & Concentrations

  • African American and African Diaspora Studies (BA) U803
  • Cultural Arts (BA) U865

About the Major

The Bachelor of Arts in African American and African Diaspora Studies provides its majors with an opportunity to learn about the experiences of people of African descent in America and abroad. Through a study of history, literature, music, media images, and other disciplines, students develop a comprehensive knowledge of an American experience and how that experience compares to the experiences of all human citizens.

What's Unique about African American and African Diaspora Studies at UNCG?

  • The program's interdisciplinary curriculum focuses on the study (i.e., music, artistic expressions, literature, historical, and social experiences) of people of African descent in America and other parts of the world.
  • The degree prepares students to work in diverse settings—such preparation is a must for 21st-century graduates.
  • AADS faculty focus on student success and provide mentoring, career advice, and networking opportunities.
  • Students receive support to make presentations at national conferences.

Academic Clubs and Organizations

  • African American Studies Club: Michael Cauthen, adviser

Student Opportunities

  • The African American and African Diaspora Studies Program has worked with the International Programs Center to establish a study abroad exchange with the University of Botswana in Gaborone, Botswana. Other AADS majors have studied at universities in South Africa and Latin America.
  • Majors are encouraged to apply to become an AADS Ambassador, a competitive leadership and mentoring program.
  • The program has partnerships with local organizations to offer internships for career preparation.

Graduates/Careers

  • The AADS major prepares students for leadership positions, and it is an excellent foundation for graduate and professional study.
  • The majority of our graduates pursue careers in education and law; others own businesses, work for nonprofits, and work in the health care industry.
  • Many graduates extend their degrees by pursuing post-baccalaureate degrees in African American Studies, literature, history, law, and medicine.

Professional Organizations and Accreditation

African American and African Diaspora Studies is a member of the National Council of Black Studies.

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