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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.


Houston, Platt named Women of Distinction

Interim Assistant to the President for Diversity and Inclusion, Dr. Doris Houston, and Director of the Multicultural Center, Dr. Christa Platt, have been named YWCA Women of Distinction for 2020.

AAS Fall Lectures feature Craig, Braswell

Dr. Miltonette Craig’s talk is scheduled at 1 p.m. Friday, November 6, and Dr. Gregory Braswell’s talk is at 2 p.m. Friday, November 13. Both Craig and Braswell are recipients of the African American Studies research grants.

Tamika Mallory to headline CRCC 2020

The Culturally Responsive Campus Community conference, which aims to enlighten, educate, and ignite conversations around diversity, equity, and inclusion, will be October 29-30 via Zoom. 

Past Events

African American Studies awards announced

Illinois State University’s African American Studies program announced its inaugural award winners at a ceremony during Spring 2019.

Bell gives African American Studies Lecture

Black students’ and parents’ perceptions of school discipline was the subject of the 2019 African American Studies Fall Lecture at Illinois State University.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Cultural Dinner

Nationally prominent political strategist and commentator Dr. Angela Rye speaking at Illinois State University, on the annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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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