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About The Program

The Minor in African-American Studies provides an interdisciplinary approach to the examination of black politics and life in the United States. This program is designed to be of interest to students who want to explore the many contributions African-Americans have made to the political, historical, social, and artistic fabric of the United States. Students are required to take a core of two courses on African-American history and literature, as well as elective courses in the social sciences (History, Sociology, and Politics and Government) and in the humanities and fine arts (English, Music, and Theatre and Dance), and in interdisciplinary programs (including relevant course offerings in Interdisciplinary Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies).​ 

My African American Studies classes were safe havens during difficult times for me. These classrooms were places I was truly accepted and valued.

Joi Adams (senior)

Why Minor in American-African Studies?

The field of African-American studies observes the culture, history, politics, and social aspects of Black Americans.

Application Information

Minors can only be declared by current Illinois State students. Current students can use the Apply to Your Program tool on Minors can select from a variety of courses to complete minor requirements.

Application Period 

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

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