The Department of African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago is a vibrant department that provides a rich and challenging interdisciplinary undergraduate program exploring the histories and cultures, the social and economic issues and the political processes that have shaped the experiences of African-descended people in the Americas and around the world. Our stellar faculty explore historical and contemporary questions of race and racialization, cultural politics, and social justice from a variety of disciplines, including history, sociology, literature, music, political science, education, and criminology. The work of our award-winning faculty places African American Studies at UIC at the forefront of its field, and at the center of ongoing exchanges within the city, across the nation, and around the world.

Our energetic students and dedicated faculty work together on a variety of endeavors both within and beyond the classroom, ranging from original research projects, to community arts initiatives, and educational and public policy. Our undergraduates have the freedom to explore their interests while engaging the broad questions that shape the field of African American Studies. With UIC’s location in the heart of Chicago and our commitment to community engagement, our department offers an exciting opportunity for all students interested in learning about the black experience.