African American Studies



Dr. Michael Benjamin
Assistant Professor of History
Hawes 108C

African American Studies

If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world and it stands in danger of being exterminated.”
- Dr. Carter G. Woodson, African American Historian, scholar, griot (1933)

Welcome to Armstrong's African American Studies Program page!

For half a decade, Armstrong's College of Liberal Arts has offered a unique blend of academically challenging and stimulating interdisciplinary undergraduate courses to increase student awareness and appreciation for what the iconic scholar William Edward Burghardt DuBois labeled as the historically significant role the African Diaspora played in “shaping the character of American life.”

As our college’s African American Studies Program director, it is my sincere hope that Armstrong undergraduate students from all academic disciplines, backgrounds, creeds and ethnicities would take several or all of the African American Studies Minor courses (taught by a dedicated core of Armstrong faculty) and embark upon a rewarding pursuit of learning and empirically mastering culturally diverse interdisciplinary discourse.

For more information about Armstrong's African American Studies Program courses, news, and updates on related faculty and student research, take a few moments and read our web page as often as you would like. For further information, please contact Dr. Michael Benjamin,, 912.344.2704.