African-American Studies

Director: Robert Hawkins

The African American Studies program at Bradley University engages students in the interdisciplinary study of African-American cultures and the transnational history of the black experience.   This minor emphasizes African-American political, social, cultural, literary, and intellectual expression and the variety and scope of African American Studies as a discipline. The minor offers two possible tracks to completion, one accentuating community engagement and the other stressing research and writing.

Minor in African-American Studies (15 Credit Hours)

Course requirements:

  • 3 hours of introductory course work (AAS 200: Introduction to African American Studies)
  • 9 hours of electives drawn from the list below (minimum of 6 hours at the 300 level or above)
  • Completion of one of two 3 hour capstone experiences:
    • Research and writing track: complete AAS 400: Directed Research in African American Studies under the supervision of program faculty
    • Community Engagement track: complete an approved internship, service-learning project, or other approved program of community engagement administered under the course title AAS 401 (or another approved community engagement course pending approval of the AAS committee). Capstone projects for the community engagement track must be approved in advanced by the AAS committee and will culminate in a presentation to the committee and/or other appropriate audience.

 Elective Courses:

AAS 300: Advanced Topics in African American Studies

COM 386: Media, Race and Gender

ENG 129: Introduction to African-American Literature

ENG 329: Studies in African-American Literature

ETE 280: Exploring Diversity

HIS 201: Violence, Crime, and Punishment

HIS 316: African-American History Since 1877

HIS 317: American Masculinities

MUS 202: History of Jazz

SOC 312: Social Inequality/Sociological Perspectives on Race, Class, and Gender

SOC 313: Race, Ethnicity, and Power


A 2.5 grade point average in African American Studies courses is required for satisfactory completion of the minor.

This is the official catalog for the 2020-2021 academic year. This catalog serves as a contract between a student and Bradley University. Should changes in a program of study become necessary prior to the next academic year every effort will be made to keep students advised of any such changes via the Dean of the College or Chair of the Department concerned, the Registrar's Office, u.Achieve degree audit system, and the Schedule of Classes. It is the responsibility of each student to be aware of the current program and graduation requirements for particular degree programs.