About the Department

AAS FlagAfrican-American Studies explores the creation and development of Black life, history, and culture in the United States.

UIS currently offers African-American Studies as an undergraduate minor. The program provides interdisciplinary examinations of the directions and trends of African-American culture from the arrival of the first Africans to the shores of North America.

In addition, the program explores the culture and history of African civilization and society and examines the African Diaspora in Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.

Students enrolled in African-American Studies will receive a broad education in the appreciation of ethnicity, culture, history, and political and social philosophy.