Africa & African-American Studies

Africa & African American Studies

The Africa & African-American Studies (AAAS) Program at Rollins began in 1986 when members of the anthropology and modern language departments came together to investigate the possibility of creating an academic minor to explore the impact of Africa and African-American culture on the western experience. 

sitting faculty member working on tablet and computer in a group of African childrenyoung professor teaching African children at their deskstwo African girls looking and smiling at colorful artwork on a wallprofessor Susan Libby standing in front of a plaque for Zora Neale Hurston

Diverse, Dedicated Faculty

The Africa & African-American Studies program faculty draws from a variety of academic departments at Rollins and is committed to an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the people, institutions, and concerns linking African diaspora.

Interdisciplinary Perspective

The AAAS program is designed to give undergraduate students exposure to African and African-American culture through a liberal art approach.

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Future Bear

The Rollins College Pathways to College program helps encourage students to higher education and climate change with Future Bear, a collaborative project between artist Rachel Simmons, Ph.D. and AAAS program coordinator Julian Chambliss, Ph.D.

Students Work on Exhibit at the Winter Park Public Library

During the Spring 2011 semester, several students in Associate Professor of Art Susan Libby’s Introduction to Art History II course created virtual exhibitions devoted to Zora Neale Hurston and the art of the Harlem Renaissance.


The Africa and African-American Studies program at Rollins brings together faculty, staff, and students in a curricular program designed to promote a greater understanding of the social, economic, and political conditions related to Africa and the African-American experience.

The AAAS program offers a number of courses in a variety of disciplines ranging from history, anthropology, religion, music, modern languages, critical media and cultural studies and sociology. The faculty involved in our program share a commitment to an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the people, institutions, and concerns linking African diaspora.

Closely aligned with Rollins’ mission of educating students for global citizenship and responsible leadership, the AAAS program promotes an inclusive worldview that acknowledges the African legacy on western traditions, culture, and people.

Africa & African-American Studies Program
Rollins College
Cornell Social Science Room 110
1000 Holt Avenue - 2761
Winter Park, FL 32789
T. 407.646.2286