Smith and Carlos Statues photo
San José State University Alumni Tommie Smith and John Carlos display their "silent gesture" for human rights at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.

The Department of African American Studies aims to provide students throughout the University with critical, interdisciplinary, and specialized knowledge about African and African American populations and its communities. Our curriculum, programming, and scholarship examines, explores, and engages the intellectual traditions within the African Diaspora from multiple perspectives—historical, cultural, philosophical, political, social, and theoretical—in service to its students and society.

Advising

Don't wait to get the support you need! We want to help keep you on track to make the most of your time at SJSU and to graduate on time. 

The Office is Open!

Welcome Back to campus! This Fall, the Office of the Department of African American Studies is open on a limited basis: 

Angela Tea, Administrative Assistant is in on Mon/Tues/Thurs 1PM - 5PM (Remotely Wed/Fri 1PM - 5PM)

Dr. Travis Boyce, Professor, Chair and Advisor, is in on Mon/Wed 11AM - 1PM (Remotely otherwise)

The Diasporic People's Writing Collective

DPWC is a great way to get involved. They meet up on a regular basis and they host speakers. See their website for more information on what they do and how to join.

Apply for Graduation

The deadline to submit your Graduation Application for Fall 2022 graduation is March 14, 2022 to receive 1 semester of priority registration. Meet up with Dr. Boyce to get started!

AFAM Website

Broken link? Can't find what you're looking for? Please contact us at afam-studies@sjsu.edu if you have any suggestions on how this website can be improved.

AFAM Team at Commencement
In December 2021, we got to celebrate our recent and current graduates. Congratulations to the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021!