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The mission of the Department of African American Studies

is to cultivate a critical understanding of the forms of knowledge and culture that African-descended peoples in the Americas have produced, as well as of the sociopolitical, cultural, and economic conditions under which they have done this work. The Department envisions a vibrant community of inquirers and interlocutors organized around the study of African American life at Penn State, and is keen to play its part in creating and maintaining that community.


Featured Student of the Month:

Alexis Bascombe

Hello everyone! My name is Alexis M. Bascombe and I hail from the beautiful state of Maryland. I am a senior in the Smeal College of Business with a major in Marketing and a minor in African American studies. My interests lie in what drives consumers to purchase the products that they do and what marketing techniques keep them coming back for more. For these reasons, my goal in life is to be a marketing research analyst or brand manager for a Fortune 500 company. Being involved with several organizations and events here at Penn State is helping me to reach my goal.

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