Quote from student John Shelly: "I encourage people from different backgrounds to take the classes. It's really important for everyone to gain persepctive and to have discussions from different points of view."

What made you want to do African American Studies (AAS)?

What attracted me to the African American Studies Program was the desire to learn more about African Americans and also more about my personal identity as a black male in America. Additionally, most if not all of the education I had received was from a westernized perceptive with very little reference to the history and heritage of black people. I yearned to know more about who I was and what being “black in America” truly meant.

What made you want to do African American Studies (AAS)?

When I took my first AAS course, I realized how much I didn't know went into the social and cultural norms that I had never questioned "why is that a thing." AAS made me realize that there was so much more I needed and wanted to learn about my own history and culture.

What made you want to do African American Studies (AAS)?

I wanted to do AAS after Dr. Morgan and some of her students and professors came to talk my freshmen experience class. I wanted to build my understanding of my own culture as well, and I thought AAS could help me with that.

What made you want to do African American Studies?

I always say that I became a major very selfishly at first, and that is true. I didn’t want to be stuck anymore. I had spent my first semester in college feeling isolated and outcast. Learning that there was a major dedicated to the African American experience was a relief.

What made you want to do African American Studies (AAS)?

I started off as a nursing major but towards the end of the first semester I started feeling like nursing wasn’t for me. I went to an open house for AAS and what I saw and heard Dr. Morgan talk about made me feel like that is where I needed to be.