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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.


2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Keynote

“Jemele Hill, an Emmy Award-winning journalist, co-founder of Lodge Freeway Media, and contributing writer for The Atlantic, will give the Martin Luther King Jr. keynote address at Illinois State University at 6 p.m. Friday, January 21, 2022, in the Brown Ballroom of the Bone Student Center.”

Allen & Mathis to Speak on Black Women Rising

The African American studies program will host “Black Women Rising: From the Classroom to the Boardroom” on Monday, January 24, 2022 at 4pm in the Rosa Parks Room of Watterson Towers.

Past Events

Craig Fall 2021 Lecture on Lynching

In the talk, which was part of the African American Studies Fall Speaker Series, Craig posed the question: How can the nation remember lynching in a way that can heal and redeem the American project of democracy?  

Robinson, Rodriguez Lecture on COVID-19

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

Davis Spring 2021 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.

Neville Spring 2021 Lecture on Radical Healing & Hope

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

White 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.

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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