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Current AASD Students

The African American Studies Department (AASD) at the University of Maryland fosters academic excellence in teaching and research on African-American life, history and culture.

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Academic Opportunities

Find out how to become an AASD major; earn a Certificate in African American Studies; or, apply for the Minor in Black Women’s studies.  Learn the requirements of each major concentration track and more.  Let a faculty member mentor you as you assist him/her with a research project?


Prospective Students

Mentoring is the hallmark of Maryland’s African American Studies Department. The department affords numerous opportunities for faculty to guide the development of AASD students, from the intensive one-on-one thesis experience under faculty guidance to the sharing of professional or career-oriented experiences.

The Society of African American Studies

Society of African American Studies

The Society of African American Studies was established with the sole purpose of enlightening and educating the campus and surrounding community about African American issues, debates, culture and heritage.