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African American Studies

The minor in African American Studies provides an interdisciplinary investigation of the experiences, conditions, origins, accomplishments and contributions of people of African ancestry in the United States. Students may deepen their appreciation and understanding of African Americans by studying their earlier history in Africa, their transition to the New World and their diasporic experiences in other parts of the world.

The African American Studies program is comprised of more than 20 courses offered through nearly 10 departments and programs within the USA College of Arts and Sciences. The minor in African American Studies takes advantage of those characteristics of the African American experience that make it uniquely valuable for serious academic study and teaching, for it exposes students to the diversity and unity of the African American experience as well as to the similarities and differences among the cultures of Africa.

Upcoming event:

Kern Jackson - Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 4:00pm

Kern JacksonJoin us for an interview of Kern Jackson, Director of the African American Studies Program and Faculty Member in English, conducted by Writer in Residence, Frye Gaillard. Dr. Jackson, the 2021 Hamner honoree, specializes in African American and Southeastern United States folklore and oral narrative.  This event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Marx Library Auditorium. A reception will follow.  Hosted by the USA Department of English and the USA English Graduate Program.

Fall 2021 African American Studies Courses

  • English 357: Black Writers in America (Dr. Laura Vrana)
  • African American Studies 101: Introduction to African American Studies (Dr. Kern Jackson)
  • Philosophy 331: Constitutional Law (Dr. Chris Galanos)
  • History 435: Civil War & Reconstruction (Dr. Henry McKiven)
  • Sociology 220: Marriage & the Family (Dr. Susan Yvette Deloach)
  • Sociology 315: African American Families (Dr. Roma Hanks)
  • Sociology 435: Health Disparities & Life Span (Dr. Hosik Min)
  • Psychology 270: Psychology of Black Experience (Dr. Demetrius R. Smith)
  • Gender Studies 290: Understanding Our World (Dr. Betty Trout-Kelly)
  • Gender Studies 290: Black Women & Activism (Dr. Betty Trout-Kelly)
  • Political Science 340: Race, Gender, & Politics (Dr. Corina Schulze)
  • Criminal Justice 210: Policing & Society (Dr. David A. Bowers)
  • Criminal Justice 215: Correctional Policies & Procedures (Dr. David A. Bowers)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies 320: Cultural Competency (Dr. Joycelyn Alexandria Finley)
  • Modern & Classical Languages (LG) 366: Introduction to Textual Analysis of Hispanic Literature (Dr. Matthew Pettway, Spanish-language proficiency required)