African American Studies

"Only when Lions have historians, will hunters cease being heroes."

- African Proverb


The department of African American Studies (AFAM) at Loyola Marymount University is devoted to the scholarly examination of the social, cultural, economic, political, and spiritual forces that impact the lives of people of African-descended peoples in the Americas and in turn, the communities they create. As an interdisciplinary field, African American Studies draws upon the insights of the Social Sciences, the Humanities, and the Arts in providing students with an explanatory framework through which they can analyze not only the historical and contemporary experiences of peoples of African descent, but also those of the wider human community in a global and increasingly diverse society.