Coordinator's Greeting

Caterina Orr M.A. , M.S.
Interim Coordinator, African American Studies

Greetings and welcome to the homepage for Valdosta State University’s African American Studies Program. Established in 1996, our program is designed to expose students to the rich history of people of African descent, both in the Americas and around the globe. Our courses offer an interdisciplinary approach to the exploration of Black history, life, and culture, with an emphasis on the intellectual development of our students. Further, through our academic and public programs, VSU’s African American Studies Program is dedicated to advancing multiculturalism and diversity both on our campus and throughout southeast Georgia.

The African American Studies Program is also the home of the African American Male Initiative, a robust enrichment and academic support program made possible through the University System of Georgia that is dedicated to increasing the retention and graduation rates for Black men enrolled here at VSU.

For more information about our minor program requirements, as well as other news and events, please explore the links on this page. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us or to stop by the office.


African American Studies Program
1107 Nevins Hall
Valdosta State University
Valdosta, Georgia 31698
Phone: 229.249.4843