African American Studies

"The AAS department helped me realize that you can most certainly do anything with an AAS degree. The knowledge, research and writing skills that were developed and enhanced while in the program are the foundation of my career." -- Nikkita McCoy, B.A in AAS, December 2006

African-American Studies.

African American Studies provides an excellent preparation for graduate and professional programs, leading to a variety of exciting careers.

An interdisciplinary degree relevant to broad areas of human endeavor, the African American Studies major satisfies skills needed in a broad variety of professions and scholarly areas.

African American Studies graduates will meet the continuing demands in graduate schools and satisfy the many career area needs for experts on Africa and the African Diaspora, Black neighborhoods, Black history and culture in today's businesses, international relations, and cultural affairs.

Options Available

  • Humanities
  • Social sciences
  • General

Possible Careers

  • Local, State, and Federal Government / Politics / Military Service
  • Business & Technology
  • Medicine: Community Health, Research, Administration
  • Cultural Affairs & International Relations
  • Fine Arts - Performance (Acting / Music / Dance); Museum Administration
  • Law & Related professions
  • Community Relations / Humanitarian & Social Services
  • Law Enforcement
  • Education
  • Journalism / Communications / Writing
Why Choose African American Studies at WIU?

The African American Studies major is a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary program of study.

Our program emphasizes informed multicultural, analytical, and critical approaches to the historical development; societies; cultures; economic, social, and political problems; and potentials of Black people of the Americas and Africa.

Coursework in African American Studies prepares students for graduate study and/or occupations that require writing and critical analysis. Students become skilled in investigation, analysis, and reporting of historical, cultural, economic, religious, political, and literary phenomena.

Students are challenged to formulate new schemas of understanding based on thoughtful reflection on personal and community experiences.

Some of Our Graduates

Jesse Andrews, B.A., 2011

Nikkita McCoy, B.A., 2006; M.A, UIC, May 2011

"The AAS department helped me realize that you can most certainly do anything with an AAS degree. The encouragement and support that I was given to create seminars and speak at conferences was just as invaluable as the knowledge, research and writing skills that were further developed and enhanced while in the program. These skills, communication, research and writing, are the foundation of my career and pertinent through my interaction with the various partners and team members associated with our properties. I am very thankful for the faculty and staff in the AAS department."

Daniel R. Davis, B.A., 2005

"My experience at WIU as an African American Studies major changed my life. The faculty provided academic and professional guidance as well as a family environment. The interesting content of the courses along with the faculty's passionate, enthusiastic instruction style made my tenure in the AAS department extremely enjoyable. I not only matured as an intellectual,but I also discovered my passion for education and decided my career path. I am now in the process of completing my doctoral degree in African American Studies and hope to become an African American Studies Professor in the very near future. My continued academic success and professional aspirations are a direct result of my experiences at WIU as an African American Studies major."

Jada Hoskins, B.A., 2003

Roxanne Hori, B.A., 1974

At A Glance

Degree Available: Bachelor of Arts

Minor Available: Yes

Graduate Degree Available: No

Campus: Macomb

Study Opportunities: 

  • GradTrac
  • Honors

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