African American Studies

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


What is African American Studies?

African American Studies is a field that explores the life and culture of African American peoples. You will learn about African diaspora, with a focus on relationships, patterns, and ties. As an African American Studies student, you’ll analyze the historical, political, social, and economic issues affecting African Americans. You’ll also develop creative, critical thinking, communication, computer, and statistical skills.

Career Options

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

Post-Graduation Success1

85% employed or continuing education

55% employed after graduation

26% attending graduate school

4% volunteering

$36,509 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Great Oaks Legacy Charter School, Manchester University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Technology Services View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Chicago, University of California, Los Angeles, Depaul University View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in the major

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.0 years to degree

94% first-year retention rate

72% four-year graduation rate

85% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,712
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $35,862


  • Tuition: $31,832
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $55,322


  • Tuition: $34,280
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,770