African and African American Studies Department

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Students of African and African American Studies are not only taught the relevant history and concerns of people of African descent around the world, they’re also encouraged to live them by completing internships and service projects in the local community. Plus, students interested in studying the people and culture of Ghana are encouraged to take advantage of study abroad and internship programs.

Courses are taught from different disciplinary and philosophical perspectives, and students are encouraged to examine their own values as they relate to the curriculum content and to then connect them with their personal perspectives.

In this vibrant area of study, Guilford College seeks to do more than teach. We firmly believe we can shape and define this discipline as a whole, studying the beauty, creativity, intellect and power of these cultures while also getting to the root causes of social and cultural issues. Doing so primes our graduates to be agents of change in the larger world.

The African and African American Studies major seeks to develop greater respect for scholarship as a tool for problem-solving, encourage the pursuit of social justice and foster an appreciation of racial and cultural differences in the United States and beyond.

This major prepares students for careers in such fields as criminal justice, education, law, health care, higher education, human relations, management, marketing, news media, politics, sports management and social work. It also lays a foundation for graduate studies in the field.


Majors and Minors

I entered Guilford as a quiet, reserved individual, unsure of where this journey would end. I left Guilford as an outspoken leader, ready to take on the world.

Rena Davis '16
African and African American Studies, Psychology Double Major
  • Bachelor of Arts in African and African American Studies: African and African American Studies is an interdisciplinary major that requires a second disciplinary major and an adviser in each. These areas of study include courses in English, French, Political Science, History, Justice and Policy Studies, Philosophy, Psychology, Music, International Studies and Sociology and Anthropology.
  • Minor in African and African American Studies: The minor requires four courses in at least two different disciplines. Students may take courses in English, French, Political Science, History, Philosophy, Psychology, Music, International Studies and Sociology and Anthropology.

African and African American Studies Department News and Events

Triple Threat

Triple Threat

Deena Hayes-Greene ’04 has deep conviction for racial justice that lead to a decade's worth of love for Guilford College when she tripled-majored in African American Studies, Justice and Policy Studies and Psychology.

African Student Association Hosts First African Night

African Student Association Hosts First African Night

The African Student Association of Guilford College (ASAGC) held its first African Night spring 2017 in Dana Auditorium. The event was free and open to the public, bringing more than 200 community members to campus.

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Edwins Gwako

Edwins Gwako

Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

Adrienne Israel

Adrienne Israel

Professor of History

Barbara Lawrence

Barbara Lawrence

Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Karen Tinsley

Karen Tinsley

Professor of Psychology