African American and African Diaspora Studies

What’s Unique about African American and African Diaspora Studies at UNCG?

  • The program’s interdisciplinary curriculum focuses on the study (i.e., music, artistic expressions, literature, historical, and social experiences) of people of African descent in America and other parts of the world.
  • The degree prepares students to work in diverse settings—such preparation is a must for 21st-century graduates.
  • AADS faculty focus on student success and provide mentoring, career advice, and networking opportunities.
  • Students receive support to make presentations at national conferences.

Academic Clubs and Organizations

  • African American Studies Club: Michael Cauthen, adviser

Student Opportunities

  • The African American and African Diaspora Studies Program has worked with the International Programs Center to establish a study abroad exchange with the University of Botswana in Gaborone, Botswana. Other AADS majors have studied at universities in South Africa and Latin America.
  • Majors are encouraged to apply to become an AADS Ambassador, a competitive leadership and mentoring program.
  • The program has partnerships with local organizations to offer internships for career preparation.


  • The AADS major prepares students for leadership positions, and it is an excellent foundation for graduate and professional study.
  • The majority of our graduates pursue careers in education and law; others own businesses, work for nonprofits, and work in the health care industry.
  • Many graduates extend their degrees by pursuing post-baccalaureate degrees in African American Studies, literature, history, law, and medicine.

Professional Organizations and Accreditation

African American and African Diaspora Studies is a member of the National Council of Black Studies.

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African American and African Diaspora Studies

349 Curry Building


Department Chair/Director:
Dr. Cerise L. Glenn

Available Curriculum


African American and African Diaspora Studies

Common Interests

Global Studies
Government & Politics
Language & Culture
Social Justice