African American Studies IS Pro Humanitate

African American Studies @ WFU

African American Studies at Wake Forest University is a signature academic program that:

  • Leverages the University’s distinctive commitment “to the pursuit of excellence in the liberal arts” while educating a new generation of scholars and citizens committed to serving humanity
  • Employs a broad humanistic framework in providing a novel intellectual space for students and scholars to develop new knowledge in their attempt “to ask and answer the fundamental questions of human existence”
  • Distinguishes its approach to the discipline by its unique focus on the cultures, knowledges, and expressions of African descended people in the southern United States and their global reverberations.

Maya Angelou

“I speak to the black experience, but I am always talking about the human condition – about what we can endure, dream, fail at, and still survive.”

 – Maya Angelou


About the African American Studies Program

AAS@WAKE

African American Studies is integral to a liberal arts education.

About the Program

African American Program Academic Information

Academics

Learn more about our signature African American Studies program and see what’s being offered this fall.

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African American Studies Program Faculty

Faculty

Meet the distinguished African American Studies faculty.

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$1 Million Gift Given to Support the AAS Program

As Wake Forest prepares to launch its African American Studies Program this fall, an anonymous donor has made a $1 million gift to support the new academic initiative. The full story can be read on our news page.


News

Dr. Melanie L. Harris joins African American Studies faculty

June 10, 2021

The Program in African American Studies and the Wake Forest University School of Divinity will welcome Dr. Melanie L. Harris as a new... Read More »


New African American Studies Program supported by $1M gift

January 26, 2021

As Wake Forest prepares to launch its African American Studies Program this fall, an anonymous donor has made a $1 million gift to... Read More »



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