Department Mission Statement

The Department of African American Studies at UCLA offers critical interdisciplinary training at both the undergraduate and the graduate levels. Our scholarship, curriculum and programming focuses on the histories, cultures, politics, and intellectual traditions of the African Diaspora with an especial focus on the continued importance of social justice. African American Studies faculty play a significant role in generating innovative paradigms for the social sciences and the humanities. Through rigorous training in multiple methodologies across disciplines, our students are afforded a global appreciation and awareness of Blackness specifically and Black people more generally. The Department of African American Studies at UCLA continues in the legacy of developing global citizen-scholars focused on analyzing and writing about the lived experiences and freedom dreams of people throughout Africa and the African Diaspora.

Virtual Academic Counseling

All Students

Advising sessions will be held by Student Affairs Officer, Eboni Shaw, by appointment through Calendly.

Drop-In Hours

Student Affairs Officer, Eboni Shaw, will be hosting drop-in hours at the following times:

  • Undergraduate Students — Thursdays from 1-2pm(To declare either the major or minor please make an appointment or attend drop-in hours)
  • Graduate Students — Tuesdays from 1-2 pm
  • Zoom Meeting ID: 878 545 9329
  • Passcode: AFAMUCLA

Help & Support- Ask a Question to our Student Affairs Officer:

The MyUCLA Message Center allows students to submit academic questions to the Student Affairs Officer electronically. Please sign in to the Message Center by using your UCLA Logon. Please note that using the Message Center is highly encouraged instead of email.

Why Black Studies?