- Degrees Available:
- Major: Yes
- Minor: Yes
- Graduate Degree: No
- Campus: Macomb
- Study Opportunities:
Undergraduate Majors, Minors & Programs of Study
- Social sciences
African American Studies is a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary study emphasizing 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 are trained to investigate historical, cultural, economic, religious, political, and literary phenomena and are encouraged to formulate new thinking based on thoughtful reflection on personal and community experiences.
Why African American Studies at WIU?
African American Studies provides an excellent preparation for graduate and professional programs, leading to a variety of exciting careers. African American Studies is an interdisciplinary degree relevant to broad areas of human endeavor. It satisfies skills needed in a broad spectrum of professions and scholarly areas, including government, law enforcement, business and international relations, cultural and multicultural affairs, sociology, community health, history, literature, the fine arts, psychology, and more! 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.