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Department of African and African American Studies

  Students on a trip to Ghana

Majoring in African and African American Studies (AAS) at Brockport offers students a broader and deeper understanding of our world. We promote global and inclusive perspectives—drawing from history, literature, the arts and the social sciences—to explore the realities and life experiences of Africans and African Americans. We engage critical issues like racism, underdevelopment, poverty, globalization, and social justice. 

Our faculty offer experience and expertise to ensure that our students emerge with an enriched understanding of a wide range of interdisciplinary issues in AAS, the sorts of issues that are key to success in the increasingly interconnected, globalizing context of the twenty-first century. 

For students of any ethnic background, a major in AAS offers a uniquely rounded liberal arts education that can lead to a wide variety of career options or further studies. Studies and internships in AAS have led students to careers in law, community action, education, counseling, communications, anthropology, social work, research, and business. Career options are as varied as each student. 

AAS also makes an excellent complementary area of study, either as a second major or a minor, offering a set of experiences and learning that can make you uniquely prepared for life after college. 

Go Global! 

Studying with us lets you explore your own community as well as the world. Each year, a group of AAS students travels to Ghana, to immerse themselves in the culture of that nation through an academic partnership with the University of Ghana at Legon. Options range from a three-week experience to a semester or even a full year. Learn more about the program here.


Department of African and African American Studies
The College at Brockport
350 New Campus Dr.
Brockport, NY 14420
Tel: (585) 395-2470
Fax: (585) 395-5085


Last Updated 10/9/15