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African Studies

The African Studies Program at the College of Charleston supports a wide spectrum of guest speakers and extracurricular activities. It plays an important role in the internationalization of the College's curriculum and community.

Students who take African studies courses benefit from interdisciplinary coursework that surveys the diverse cultures, geography, literature, politics and economics of the African continent. They also develop in-depth knowledge of various African countries, both historically and in the modern age.

African American Studies

African American Studies provides students an understanding of the history and culture of African Americans. It introduces students to the diversity of African American experiences in a variety of disciplines. It promotes the study of African American history and culture in the larger community. African American Studies is an integral part of intellectual life at the College of Charleston.

avery buildingAvery Research Center for African American History and Culture

The Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture is located on the site of the former Avery Normal Institute. It was a hub for Charleston’s African American community from 1865–1954 and trained its students for professional careers and leadership roles. In 1985, the alumni of the Avery Normal Institute, spearheaded by the Honorable Lucille Whipper, formed the Avery Institute of Afro-American History and Culture. It joined with the College of Charleston to establish the Avery Research Center to preserve the legacy of the Avery Normal Institute and educate the community on the history and culture of African Americans in Charleston, the Lowcountry and South Carolina at large.

Center for International Education

The College of Charleston has a long tradition of welcoming international students to our campus and community. Students from all over the world call the College of Charleston their home away from home. The Center for International Education (CIE) is the primary contact for future and current international students.

Center for the Study of Slavery

Through scholarly research and public programming, the Center for the Study of Slavery (CSSC) examines the impact of slavery and race-related issues in the city of Charleston, including the surrounding region, and at the College of Charleston from the late 18th century through the civil rights era and the continued impact and legacy of slavery in the present.

Multicultural Student Programs and Services

The Office of Multicultural Student Programs and Services provides a safe haven for students to develop connections with other students. special collections We exist to help students be successful, provide advocacy, support services and culturally based programs that educate about diversity and multiculturalism and empower them to be agents of social change in an increasingly diverse and global community.

Special Collections

The Special Collections Department of the College of Charleston was founded to support the teaching and learning mission of the College of Charleston and to promote scholarship on the South Carolina Lowcountry and the broader Atlantic World. It is located on the third floor of the Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library. Its holdings include over 600 manuscript collections related to the history and culture of the South Carolina Lowcountry, the archives of the College of Charleston, the Palmetto Festival Archives and more than 40,000 rare books and pamphlets.


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