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As the first ethnic studies program at Stanford, AAAS has a time honored role in the university. Students who agitated to begin the Program and faculty who organized and continue to sustain it all have strived to make sure all institutions recognize the importance of the study of peoples of African descent.

As the first ethnic studies program at Stanford, AAAS has a time honored role in the university. Students who agitated to begin the Program and faculty who organized and continue to sustain it all have strived to make sure all institutions recognize the importance of the study of peoples of African descent. As with similar ethnic departments and programs, AAAS began by questioning and re-writing dominant historical and cultural paradigms. Our Program continues to explore the myriad experiences, expressions, needs, and global impacts of people of the African Diaspora. For example, AAAS majors can focus their studies on the Caribbean, mixed race communities, African American culture, or African arts (see thematic emphases in requirements for the major). In addition, AAAS is solidly based in the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE), which pushes students to understand how Africans, African Americans, and Africa’s Diaspora contribute to our understanding of race and ethnicity. AAAS majors thus take courses on race theory and can focus their intellectual pursuits in this arena.

You are most welcome to visit our lounge and library, to talk to us about the major and minor, and to take an AAAS course.



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