The African and African American Studies Program (AAST) at the University of Arkansas is an interdisciplinary program that expands on the core disciplines of a traditional liberal arts education. We explore the legacy of the African diaspora and African descended people's global experiences. We strive to advance social consciousness, promote equity, and support the highest level of academic excellence through critical and global thinking in the classroom and beyond. 

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Undergraduate Second Major

There are a number of benefits to gain in pairing your core discipline with a second major in AAST.

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Graduate Certificate

A number of graduate students complement their course of study with a graduate certificate in African and African American Studies.

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AAST Minor

Consider taking a few aast classes to round out your course load!

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The Legacy of BAD Times: African American Student Experiences at the University of Arkansas
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Black History Month

Black History Month is a remembrance of the events in the history of African Americans. Black History Month educates the American people about African-Americans' cultural backgrounds and reputable achievements.

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Dr. Caree Banton Publishes New Book

Dr. Banton with colleagues at book celebration.

In celebration of the release of Dr. Caree Banton's new book "More Auspicious Shores," African and African American Studies, the Honors College, and the history department co-hosted a book reception in her honor. 

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