Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies

African American studies is the systematic study of the historical, cultural, intellectual, and social development of people of African descent, the societies of which they are a part, and their contribution to world civilization. Its principal geographic domains are the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America, the African continent, and increasingly western Europe where large communities reside.

The field features a diversity of approaches as well as intellectual and practical interests and draws upon the humanistic, social, and behavioral sciences to make up its interdisciplinary framework. Students can obtain a bachelor's with either a major or a minor in African American studies.

The major in African American studies prepares students for a wide range of professional and career opportunities. Majors can continue on to graduate studies in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, or pursue professional programs in law, medicine, business, and journalism. Graduates who enter the job market are prepared for careers in human services and public health, education, public relations, community development, urban planning, and general jobs in the public sector, in central cities and urban institutions, or for jobs that involve cultural or intergroup relations as well as international affairs. African American studies graduates will be better prepared to deal with the complexity and diversity of metropolitan Detroit's political and demographic realities, as graduates assume important leadership roles. This applies to all major metropolitan areas in principal geographic domains described above.

Honors program

The honors curriculum is designed to challenge highly motivated students to achieve excellence in the field of African American studies. Students are encouraged to develop active interests in probing the outstanding research and scholarship related to the global Black experience.

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Career insights

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