African-American Studies

Ethnic Studies

For students with a major or minor in intercultural studies, a focus in African-American studies offers the opportunity to learn about the history, characteristics, culture, contributions, social status and needs of African Americans. The course of study provides an examination of the similarities and differences among African Americans, other minority groups and the dominant majority.

For the major in intercultural studies with a focus in African-American studies, choose three of the following in addition to the rest of the major requirements. For a minor in intercultural studies, select two of the following in addition to the standard requirements for the minor.

  • SOC 213/313 African Americans Through Film (odd years January)
  • REL 346 African American Religious Traditions
  • ICS 390 Special Topics
  • ICS 395 Civil Rights Movements: U.S. and South Africa
  • ICS 492 Independent Study
  • Independent Study with department faculty
  • Distance learning or transfer course
  • Study abroad, Chicago Semester or other off-campus study
    (As appropriate and approved by the ICS department chair)


  • No more than two courses from one department except ICS can be used.
  • No more than two courses for the minor or four courses for the major can be used for other major or minor requirements.

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