Hurricane Ian Update
September 28, 2022 Claflin Family: At approximately 4:10 p.m., South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency for South Carolina. As the safety of our students, faculty and staff is a major priority, Claflin University will close and classes will be canceled on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 12 p.m. Classes for Friday, September 30, 2022, will be held virtually. Students are encouraged to check Moodle for instructions from professors. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to seek safety away from the predicted affected (coastal) areas. Residential students who live in South Carolina or within a 4-hour radius are strongly encouraged to leave campus. However, residential students who are unable to leave campus must register with the Office of Residential Life no later than Thursday, September 29, at 10 a.m. by clicking here. The Office of Residential Life will be on-call to answer questions in case of emergencies at (803) 258-8981. The University Dining Center will operate on the following schedule: Thursday: Normal operations. No late night dining. Friday: Brunch (9 a.m. until 1 p.m.); Dinner (5 to 7 p.m.) Saturday & Sunday: Brunch (10 a.m. until 1 p.m.); Dinner (5 to 7 p.m.) * Meals will be take-out on Friday through Sunday. Pizza Hut and Starbucks will be closed. If conditions become worse (power outages, flooding, downed trees, etc.), the University will implement its emergency protocol and provide shelter and meals in the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Wellness Complex (located on the campus of Claflin University). You are encouraged to visit the University’s website, where updates will be posted regarding University operations. Updates also will be posted through Panther Alerts (text messages), Panther X, and email. For general information and updates, please call the University’s Information Line at (803) 535-5243. In case of on-campus emergencies, please call Claflin University Public Safety at (803) 535-5444. You may also check the National Weather Service for up-to-date alerts at

African and African-American Studies

The African and African-American Studies Program is one of the most exciting areas in our university community. As an Historically Black College/University, Claflin is committed to helping all students discover the riches of the African and African-American experience.

Majors and Minors in African and African-American Studies are prepared to be thought-leaders in the African and African-American experience, and able to support organizations and institutions that provide services to these communities, as well as educating the broader public.The program in African and African-American Studies offers courses in the General Education curriculum and helps students attain expertise in the historical and philosophical dimensions of the African and African-American experience, and to understand the ways in which those experiences help to shape culture and the wider world.


The curriculum for African and African-American Studies is wide-ranging and taught by the nation's leading scholars in the field. The curriculum includes courses in African culture, African-American History, African and African-American Philosophy, and a host of other courses designed to help students delve deep into scholarly discourse on the African and African-American experience.

Student Opportunities and Experience

Students will have numerous opportunities to travel and engage in internships with community organizations, museums, historical societies, cultural programs, and educational institutions.

Careers and Outcomes

Careers vary from work in higher education and the academy to service in Civil and Human Rights organizations, as well as museums and archival institutions.

Claflin Academic Catalog

Courses & Requirements

View the academic catalog to see all courses and requirements.

2021-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
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