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AU Alumnus James Weldon JohnsonDepartment of African American Studies, Africana Women’s Studies, and History
223 James P. Brawley Drive, S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30314
Phone: (404) 880-8239
Email: nlipscomb@cau.edu

Welcome to the Department of African American Studies, Africana Women’s Studies, and History (AWH), one unique department offering degrees in three distinct areas. Each degree program area is designed for individuals interested in gaining comprehensive knowledge in African-American, American or African diasporic studies.

History Program

The History program serves as a center for historical study, providing a core base of knowledge of past events and fostering an atmosphere to examine the significance of those events on the human experience. With a commitment to academic excellence, the department offers undergraduate and graduate level courses leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree, Master of Arts degree and the Doctor of Arts in Humanities degree. The department stresses the development of analytical skills and critical judgment. Curriculum emphasis is placed on acquiring scholarly research and writing skills along with an understanding of global issues, diverse cultures, and our shared humanity. As an extension of the classroom instruction, students are encouraged to engage in practical applications of learning through service learning projects, internships, and study abroad opportunities.

African American Studies Program

The African and African American Studies Program is designed for students with professional interest in a comprehensive understanding of African American or African culture. The program provides focus as well as breadth through the interdisciplinary area studies approach. Because of the long tradition of African and African American studies at the University, pertinent courses are offered in many departments, particularly English, Foreign Language, History, Political Science, and Sociology.

Africana Women's Studies Program

Founded in 1982, the Africana Women's Studies (AWS) Program is the only degree-granting women's studies program located in a historically black college in the United States, the only women's studies program in the United States which offers the doctoral degree in Africana Women's Studies and the only Africana Women's Studies program in the world. AWS provides opportunities for the systematic analysis of the convergence of gender, class and racial bias. It also focuses on the comparative examination of the contributions, problems, strategies and concerns of women throughout the African disapora.

For more information regarding each program, view the following resources:

Pictured: Alumnus James Weldon Johnson (AU, 1984) was a poet, author, playwright, lawyer, statesman and civil rights activist.  He wrote "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing," a song widely considered the Negro national anthem.