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The Minor in African American Studies provides an interdisciplinary approach to exploring facets of Black culture within the United States. This program is designed to be of interest to students who want to explore the many contributions of African Americans to the political, historical, social, and artistic fabric of the United States.

How to Apply

Minors can only be declared by current Illinois State students. ISU students can use the Apply to Your Program tool on

Applications for the African American studies minor are always being accepted.


Robinson, Rodriguez to lecture

In collaboration with the Latin American and Latino/a Studies program, Drs. Dean E. Robinson and Javier Rodriguez will lecture on race, public health, and COVID-19 this March.

Neville to lecture on Radical Healing & Hope

Dr. Helen Neville will present “The Psychology of Radical Healing and Hope: Implications for Research and Practice with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

Davis gives lecture on Black Music

In collaboration with the School of Music, Dr. Ollie Wats Davis, gave a talk titled “Journey through the Music of Black Americans:  Art. Aesthetic. Activism” in March.

Past Events

2021 Black History Month Address

In collaboration with the Department of History, Dr. Calvin White Jr. gave a talk titled “Oscar S. De Priest: A Black Congressman in Jim Crow America” for Black History Month

2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Virtual Event

Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr., James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, spoke of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy in light of the current crisis.

Fall 2020 Lectures featured Craig, Braswell

Dr. Miltonette Craig and Gregory Braswell were recipients of the African American Studies research grants for 2020.Dr. Miltonette Craig and Gregory Braswell were recipients of the African American Studies research grants for 2020.

Contact Us

African American Studies is part of the Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS). Illinois State University offers major and minor programs that allow students to synthesize knowledge that spans two or more academic disciplines. To find more about African American Studies, please contact us.

Location: Williams Hall 328

Phone Number: (309) 438-8298

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