College of Arts and Sciences

Minor in African American Studies

Excellent Professional Career Preparation For A Complex World

Western Illinois University has been offering courses in African American Studies to help prepare students to become leaders in their communities, and the great world, for over 40 years.

The program provides a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary education emphasizing informed multicultural, analytical, and critical approaches to the historical development; societies; cultures; economic, social, and political problems; contributions; and potentials of Black people of the Americas, Africa, and the African Diaspora. 

A minor course of study in African American Studies enhances students’ abilities to reexamine traditional paradigms of knowledge in the humanities and social sciences, and develop the necessary skills and methodologies to understand the cultural patterns, knowledge, and behaviors that are not commonly represented in an Eurocentric education.

African American Studies students acquire dynamic perspectives and transformative knowledge, preparing them for an increasingly diverse nation and world.

Our students acquire the ability to evaluate, criticize, research, and re-conceptualize personal and social constructions of race and class. The knowledge and skills successful students carry forward into their careers have proven to be indispensable in a changing society.