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Prospective Students


Park Hall at the University of Georgia
The Institute for African American Studies is housed in Park Hall

We invite you to explore our website in order to come to know us, to see what courses are being offered and what events we are hosting or sponsoring, and to read about the activities of our faculty.  We are small but mighty. We also invite you to explore links like the Civil Rights Digital Library and our student-run journal Mandala. Our major and minor, which involve engaged learning in many forms, are ones that are complementary to many other majors, so we invite you to explore our offerings. We also invite you to visit us in Park Hall, and I invite you to visit me in either the Director’s office in Park Hall or Peabody Hall, in my office in the Religion Department. In Park, we have a small lounge area boasting a library, computers, and free printing that our undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to use.


Apply Now for Study Awat in GhanaThe program offers a unique opportunity for intensive movement study, exploration, community engagement and performance in the cultural and historically rich surroundings of Ghana. A study in practical and theoretical knowledge of movement, history and culture, well-being and community performance experiences in different cities across Ghana. Students have wonderful opportunities to work with locally acclaimed dance company through collaboration, learning a variety of dance movement styles or creating dance choreographies on their own accompanied by traditional/contemporary instruments. The Program begins in the city of Accra and continue throughout some of the surrounding cities such as Koforidua, Aburi, Nsawam, Kumasi, Cape Coast, Winneba, and Tema. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the background of each tribe/community they visit to perform and engage/interact with the people.

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Established in 2010 by his wife, Dr. Freda Scott Giles, the Lee Roy B. Giles Encouragement Award honors the legacy of Mr. Giles with an award given to a student who has exhibited some form of excellence in the area of African American Studies, whether in research, practical application, or academic experience.


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Study within African American cultural history provides a basis for understanding political, social, and economic relations throughout human history.