Recent Graduate Testimonials

Congratulations, to our Graduates! 

Darius Copper graduated Spring 2020 with a major in Political Science and minor in African American Studies. He plans to attend Law School. 

What was your favorite AFAM course and why?

Darius Copper, Spring 2020
Darius Copper, Spring 2020

My favorite AFAM course was Studies of Black Film because it was a unique and immersive class. I was able to study and analyze film in a different way than I am used to. Taking classes under the institute of African American studies gave me a new perspective on the world as an African American, and allowed me to intensively learn about black history.

Why should students consider a major or minor in AFAM? 

Students should consider a major or minor in African American Studies if they want to learn about the black experience here in America. The faculty are excellent and provide a diverse selection of classes to choose from. All students should take courses in African American studies here at UGA because these classes enrich your knowledge of African Americans here in America far better than is typically taught in public schools. Lastly, professors actually care about you not only as a student, but as a person by providing all of the tools that you need to succeed.  

Lerato Cummings

Lerato Cummings graduated Spring 2020 with a major in Sociology and minor in African American Studies. She plans to work as a Legal Assistant for a year before attending Law School. 

What was your favorite AFAM course and why?

My favorite AFAM course was AFAM 3102 - The Modern African American Experience taught by Dr. Lee. This was my favorite course because it really challenged me to utilize sources I ordinarily would not use such as newspapers and archives at the UGA library. It was challenging but also exciting and provided me with a much more in depth understanding of the African American plight and experience throughout history as well as in modern day society.

Why should students consider a major or minor in AFAM?

Lerato Cummings, Spring 2020
Lerato Cummings, Spring 2020

I think students should consider a major or minor in African American studies because the material and subject matter is extremely important and often correlates to many different areas of academia. I felt challenged by all of my AFAM professors throughout my time at UGA and am grateful to have minored in African American studies.

 

Jason Jefferson

Jason Jefferson graduated Spring 2020 with a major in Entertainment and Media Studies, a Sports Media Certificate, and a minor in African American Studies. He plans to obtain a position working in Sports Production. 

What was your favorite AFAM course and why?

My favorite course in the program was Modern African American Experience because we were able to have interesting thought-provoking discussions about issues pertaining to the African American community. In this course, we not only got the opportunity to learn about African American history, but we also got the chance to dig deeper and hear some of the untold and not so publicized stories, often pushed into the shadows of history. During Dr. Lee’s lynching project we as a class were tasked with piecing together background information of the hundreds of victims that were brutalized and lynched in Georgia. This project gave us as students the opportunity to understand that these victims were much more than another statistic in a textbook, they all had stories, hopes, and dreams that not only affected them but also their families and friends. This all got taken away from them because of the color of their skin.

Why should students consider a major or minor in AFAM?

Jason Jefferson, Spring 2020
Jason Jefferson, Spring 2020

A major or minor in African American studies gives students the chance to expand their knowledge of African American history as well as explore different aspects of the culture that they probably never considered.