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African American Studies

A Message from the Chair

Greetings all,

Welcome to the Department of African American Studies. Our  department is committed to providing a strong, mission-driven academic exploration of the African American experience.  African American Studies educates the whole person by presenting a 21st century multi-cultural and poly-racial alternative to the standard canonical education.  We also serve faith and promote justice by teaching thought that liberates oneself while setting others free.  Finally, and most importantly, our department is committed to academic excellence in our teaching, our research, and our mentoring of students.

Who benefits from taking courses in African American Studies?  Contrary to misguided opinions on the matter, African American Studies is not only for students of African American heritage.  The African American contributions to American history affect all Americans, from music and art to politics, science, and philosophy.  All students at Loyola Marymount University benefit from studying the history, sociology, culture and thought of African Americans.

Our department offers courses in African American history and culture, African American family and identity politics, African American art and popular culture, African American philosophy, and African American religious thought.  Some of these courses fulfill University Core requirements; others are designed to prepare majors and minors for future study in African American Studies or to simply supplement their degree coursework.

African American Studies is not an ivory tower academic discipline, however.  With its roots firmly planted in the African American community and the greater African diaspora, we seek to bring intelligent solutions to problems that face African American communities and to intellectually engage with the greater conversations concerning communities of color around the world.  African American Studies offers the courses one needs in order to be a knowledgeable agent in African American contexts.

We welcome alumni of the African American Studies department and other community members to become active participants in our conversations, colloquia, and other events.  For more information, please contact us.

Finally, we encourage you to visit our site often.  Fall 2012 begins a new growth project for African American Studies at Loyola Marymount University, including a blog and dynamic web content.  We look forward to the conversation and exchange of ideas that will take place this year. 


Hotep (Peace),

Brad Elliott Stone,