African American studies is a study of the racial, cultural, and ethnic perspectives
and experiences of people of African heritage. The program helps students understand
national and global views of African-Americans and Africans in order to determine
how such views have affected perceptions of self, family and community.
Major in African American Studies
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 United States and throughout the world.
SLU students become knowledgeable about the African diaspora and are prepared to seek
careers or professional programs where they can utilize knowledge in the design and
implementation of programs for, and on behalf of, African Americans.
The African American studies interdisciplinary program complements many other majors
offered at SLU, including degrees in communication, marketing, political science,
psychology and social work. Our students also have unique academic opportunities —
such as internships and field service projects in African American communities — to
challenge themselves outside the classroom.
Students completing SLU's African American studies major take five courses to help
them develop an understanding of the African diaspora, as well as its impact on contemporary
A total of 30 hours are required for completing SLU’s major in African American studies.
Students are able to declare the major after passing either “AAM 2000: Introduction
to African American Studies” or “AAM 2010: Contemporary Black America.”
AAM 2000: Introduction to African American Studies
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, and to implement
such programs. Career fields for SLU graduates with an African American studies degree
The Society of African American Studies serves as an advocacy group for the promotion
of the discipline of African American studies. The organization expands the knowledge
of the students in the program and gives the University community an opportunity to
participate in dialogue and discussions that are relevant to the people of the African
diaspora. The Society of African American Studies also sponsors and coordinates Sankofa, an
annual Afrocentric graduate recognition ceremony at SLU.