The mission of the African-American Studies Program is to understand and appreciate the integral yet distinct experiences of people of African heritage throughout the world. The Program’s curriculum aims to emphasize diasporic connections between Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas in an effort to enrich our understanding and appreciation of our complex and diverse world. As such, the Program encourages students to seek appropriate ways to integrate content and analysis in this broad subject matter with their work in other disciplines and programs.
The African American Studies Program at Rhodes brings together disciplines such as sociology, history and religion to help students understand they are citizens in a world of diverse cultures. Says program director Luther Ivory, skills and experiences are then translated beyond the classroom into everyday interactions.