• Afro-American Studies at UMass

    One of the largest departments of its kind, the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies serves students seeking in-depth knowledge of the history and culture of black people in the Americas and the worldwide African Diaspora.

  • Legacy of W. E. B. Du Bois

    Du Bois’ central conceptual theme is eloquently captured by his most widely quoted pronouncement: “The problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line.” It would be equally true to say that the problem of the entire sweep of American history and society is the problem of the color line, for from the earliest Colonial days to the present, the role, status and treatment of the African slaves and their descendants have been at the heart of the American story.

Chester Davis Scholarship Fund

October 21, 2016

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Professor Steve Tracy to be Inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

May 03, 2016

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to announce that Steve Tracy of Amherst, MA will be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for a...

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Afro-Am Academic Workshop Series

Room 203, New Africa House
1:30 pm


Race & Justice with Dr. Charles W. Mills

Amherst Room, Campus Center 10th Floor
4:00 pm


Dissertation Defense

Room 203, New Africa House
1:00 pm

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Why Afro-American Studies?

Our department is named for the great intellectual, a native of our Western Massachusetts region, who was the first academic scholar to pioneer the systematic study of people of African descent in the U.S. and throughout world. To earn a degree in Afro-American Studies, to take courses leading to a certificate or a minor is to follow in W.E.B. Du Bois’ footsteps of academic excellence and social responsibility.

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