Saint Louis University

Major in African American Studies

Offered by the Saint Louis University College of Arts and Sciences  

Download a fact sheet about SLU's undergraduate African American Studies degree.

Saint Louis University African American Studies Degree Overview 

Students who major in African American studies at Saint Louis University develop new ways of conceptualizing issues related to race and culture. If you pursue this major, you will learn about the cultures and histories of people of African heritage, both in the U.S. and throughout the African diaspora. This interdisciplinary program of study also complements many other majors offered at SLU, including degrees in communication, marketing, political science, psychology and social work.  

In addition, SLU's African American studies program offers special academic opportunities such as internships or field service projects in African American communities.

What You'll Learn in SLU's African American Studies Program

Students completing SLU's African American studies major take five core courses to help them develop an understanding of the African diaspora, as well as its impact on contemporary African-American communities.
Undergradute African-American studies courses at SLU include:
  • Intergroup Dialogue: Black Male Identity
  • African American Religious Traditions
  • Spiritual Motown & Hip Hop, African American Social History in Music
  •  Radical Art/Work: The Black Arts Movement from 1960's to 1970's
  • Psychology of Oppression

What Can You Do With a Degree in African American Studies from SLU?

Students who major in African American studies at SLU will be prepared to work in careers that design policy for, and on behalf of, African Americans, as well as and implement such programs. Career fields for SLU graduates with an African American Studies degree include:
  • Academics
  • Advertising
  • Business
  • Community Planning
  • Community Relations
  • Creative Writing
  • Health Administration
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Languages
  • Psychology
  • Sociology 
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