Majors / African and African American Studies

African and African American Studies (B.A., B.S.)

Indiana State University


The University offers a bachelor of arts (B.A.) and bachelor of science (B.S.) in African and African American studies.

Through a variety of disciplines—English, music, history, psychology, sociology, political science, geography, French, and economics—students learn about people of African ancestry living in the Americas, Africa, and Western Europe. Students gain knowledge and insights about the African American intellectual tradition as well as about other cultures, ethnic groups, and social movements. Students are prepared to be more connected and more related to all people, regardless of race.

Students gain experience outside the classroom through research and service projects in the community and through opportunities to present their work at regional academic conferences or to attend events such as Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration.

With a major in African and African American studies, students have maximum flexibility to pursue specialized academic interests in other areas. Students sometimes select a second major, ranging from communication to business or history, to complement the African and African American studies major.

The faculty assist each student in developing an educational program to meet his or her goals. Students are encouraged to consider the vast array of study abroad programs available through the University.

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The multicultural background and research skills acquired through an African and African American studies major prepare students for professional careers in human services, education, law, business, community development, and journalism. Graduates often gravitate to leadership roles in the public sector, particularly urban institutions, intercultural relations, and international affairs.


The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.

In addition, the African and African American Studies Program offers several scholarships.

Further Information

Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

African and African American Studies
Indiana State University

Last updated: June 16, 2014

The Catalog of Indiana State University is the document of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalog supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.

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