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African and African-American Studies

Choate House, HB 6134

34 North Main Street

Hanover, NH 03755

(603) 646-3397


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The “Life of Malcolm X” murals were painted by Florian Jenkins in 1972. The eight panels depict the life and assassination of the human rights activist. The murals were sponsored by the Afro-American Society and are located in Cutter-Shabazz Hall.

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Why Study African and African-American Studies?

There are no limits to what you can do with an African and African-American Studies degree. A major or minor in this area will provide an invaluable foundation in critical thinking, research, writing, and analysis—skills that form the core of a liberal arts education. The interdisciplinary nature of AAAS allows for a rich and challenging course of inquiry, benefiting students with interests in history, policy, culture, language, law, foreign affairs, and education, among other areas.

Some notable Black Studies majors and minors

  • Angela Bassett, Award-winning actress (BA in African-American Studies from Yale University)
  • Rakim H. D. Brooks, Rhodes Scholar and C. Edwin Baker Fellow in Democratic Values at Demos (BA in Africana Studies from Brown University)
  • Megan L. Comfort, Senior Research Sociologist, Urban Health Program at RTI International and Adjunct Asst Professor of Medicine, UCSF (BA in Black Studies from Wellesley College)
  • Jendayi Frazer, Distinguished Professor, Carnegie Mellon University and former US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (BA in African and Afro-American Studies & Political Science from Stanford University)
  • Brian L. Harper, Medical Director and COO of the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention (BA in Afro-American Studies & Biology from Brown University)
  • Mae Jemison, Physician and NASA astronaut on the Endeavor in 1992 (BA in Afro-American Studies from Stanford University)
  • Do Kim, Civil rights attorney and founder of the Korean American Youth Leadership Program (BA in Afro-American Studies and Sociology from Harvard University)
  • Aaron McGruder, Cartoonist, writer and creator of the nationally syndicated comic strip, "The Boondocks" (BA in African-American Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park)
  • Gloria Naylor, Educator and novelist. Winner of the National Book Award in 1983 for The Women of Brewster Place (MA in Afro-American Studies from Yale University)
  • Michelle Obama, Attorney and First Lady of the United States (BA in Sociology with a minor in African-American Studies from Princeton University)
  • Richard W. Roberts, US District Court Judge for Washington DC (BA in Black Studies and Political Science from Vassar College)
  • Ray Suarez, Senior Correspondent, "Jim Lehrer's News Hour," and former host of NPR’s "Talk of the Nation" (BA in African History from New York University)
  • Claudia Thomas, Author and first black female orthopedic surgeon in the US (BA in Black Studies from Vassar College)


Last Updated: 10/6/14