African American students marching in a parade carrying banner.

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:

A recording is now available of the recent African American Studies Program Keynote Address, featuring David A. Padgett: "Creating a 'Beloved Community' for Africatown with Technology-Based Service Learning." View here: (Passcode: ?+W#8wz0)

David A. Padgett

Spring 2022 African American Studies Courses

  • English 492: Folklore (Dr. Kern Jackson)
  • LG 132: Introductory Spanish with an Afro-Latino Studies focus (Dr. Matthew Pettway)
  • Gender Studies 290: #MeToo, Black Lives Matter and Beyond (Dr. Betty Trout-Kelly)
  • Psychology 270: Psychology of Black Experience (Dr. Demetrius Smith)
  • Philosophy/Criminal Justice 331: Constitutional Law (Dr. Chris Galanos)
  • Sociology 220: Marriage & the Family
  • History 478: The New South (Dr. Henry McKiven)
  • Criminal Justice 210: Policing & Society (Dr. Charity White)
  • Criminal Justice 215: Correctional Policies & Procedures (Dr. David A. Bowers)