CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE,
SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS AND GLOBAL EXPERIENCES
The African and African American Studies Program (AAST) at the University of Arkansas
is an interdisciplinary program that expands on the core disciplines of a traditional
liberal arts education. We explore the legacy of the African diaspora and African
descended people's global experiences. We strive to advance social consciousness,
promote equity, and support the highest level of academic excellence through critical
and global thinking in the classroom and beyond.
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Undergraduate Second Major
There are a number of benefits to gain in pairing your core discipline with a second major in AAST.
A number of graduate students complement their course of study with a graduate certifcate
in African and African American Studies.
Consider taking a few AAST classes to round out your course load!
RELIVING THE 2019 CIVIL RIGHTS BUS TOUR
The 2019 Civil Rights Bus Tour gave our students the opportunity to explore the origins, history, and legacies of the modern civil rights movement at many of the sites where this history was made. The experiential dimension of exploring and touring historical sites such as the Edmund Pettus Bridge, National Civil Rights Museum, Center for Civil and Human Rights, or the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church deepened participants understanding of the people, moments, events, and places that were vital to the Civil Rights Movement.
The heart of this experience was not the six-day bus tour during the Spring Break
week, but the intentional conversations and reflection that happened prior and after
the trip. We learned much from the transformational experience of viewing, engaging,
exploring various sites, and interactions with people at places vital to the Civil
Two residence halls in the Northwest Quad were named to honor University of Arkansas professors Margaret Clark and Gordon Morgan.
The first two African American professors at the University of Arkansas both began teaching in 1969. “Combined, Clark and Morgan put in 72 years on this campus,” Steinmetz said. “72 years of nurturing students, mentoring students, teaching students.” Clark initially taught world languages while Morgan was hired as an assistant professor of sociology.
The U of A Board of Trustees approved the namings on Jan. 31, at the board’s regular
meeting on the Univerity of Arkansas for Medical Sciences campus in Little Rock. Clark
and Morgan are described as making the university a more welcoming place and a better
place to live, study, and learn.