African American Studies


What is African American Studies?

African American Studies is an interdisciplinary field that systematically explores the life and culture of African American peoples and their African diaspora with specific interest in relationships, patterns, and ties. As an African American Studies student, you’ll learn about and analyze the historical, political, ideological, legal, social, artistic, and economic issues affecting African Americans in an effort to understand their dignity-affirming struggles. You’ll also develop vital creative, critical thinking, oral and written communication, computer, and statistical skills.

Career Options

  • Criminal judgement
  • Human resources
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Medicine
  • Teaching
  • Social work

Post-Graduation Success1

84% employed or continuing education

47% employed after graduation

32% attending graduate school

5% volunteering

Insufficient survey data is available for average starting annual income.

Sample employer destinations: Teach for America, Strategy Lending Services, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Women's Resource Center

Sample grad school destinations: DePaul University, College of Law, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

25 - 31 ACT Score

1170 - 1440 SAT Score

3.20 - 3.74 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,036
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $31,390


  • Tuition: $29,178
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $48,872


  • Tuition: $31,552
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $51,246