Through our minor in African-American studies, you’ll gain a better understanding of our nation as a whole and black people's contributions to it. You’ll explore how race, power, and resistance have shaped American society more broadly. You’ll also gain a meaningful and informed sense of events like Ferguson and Charlottesville, which swirl around our national consciousness and shape our politics and culture every day. In that sense, being an African-American studies minor can make you a more informed citizen.

This minor can also make you a more marketable potential employee after college. As studies from the “Wall Street Journal,”, and others have shown, employers want to hire people who are diversity-conscious. This is true across disciplines, from the humanities to STEM fields. Employers want employees to be knowledgeable of contexts and experiences other than their own.

What You Will Learn

At its roots, African-American studies instills students with:

  • critical thinking skills
  • intellectual dexterity
  • cultural competencies that will be valuable to them later in life
  • historical and modern contributions of African Americans to American life, culture, and politics

Program Requirements

Total Credits



Required Courses

All students in this minor must take the following three courses for a total of seven credits.

  • HIST 210 Introduction to Black History
  • HIST 410 African American Studies Capstone
  • ENG 215 Introduction to African American Literature


  • Architecture
  • Communication Studies
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • English
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Psychological Science
  • Sociology
  • Telecommunications

For a complete list of all the courses available in this minor and their descriptions, please consult our course catalog.

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Enroll in this Minor

Do you want to expand your understanding of how the world works by developing cultural and interdisciplinary perspectives that will also make you more marketable to employers? To enroll in this minor, please contact the Academic Advisor Lucas Pint.

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