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African-American Studies: About Our Department

The purpose of African American Studies is to allow students of any ethnic background to recognize and understand the important role African Americans have played in defining and developing American society, to address the implications of being “black” in America and to experience the artistic endeavors put forth by those of African descent. Its interdisciplinary focus explores areas such as rhetoric and communication, history, literature, politics, religion, the arts and education as they relate to the African American experience.

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Read More Armstrong Professor Named to University System of Georgia College 2025 Initiative Working Group

(August 18, 2017) – University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley recently named Armstrong State University Associate Professor of Communications and African-American Studies Elizabeth F. Desnoyers-Colas, Ph.D., to the College 2025 Initiative working group. The group aims to produce more college graduates from Georgia’s public colleges and universities by 2025.

Read More Armstrong Professor Selected as National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar

(May 12, 2016) – Armstrong Professor Dr. Elizabeth Desnoyers-Colas has been selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar to participate in a residency centered on veteran discourse hosted at Virginia Tech. 

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