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African American Studies

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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

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

24 - 30 ACT score

1170 - 1450 SAT score

3.26 - 3.80 high school GPA

Graduation & Retention3

4.0 years to degree

94% freshman retention rate

72% four-year graduation rate

85% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,036
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,180
  • Total: $31,390

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $29,178
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,520
  • Total: $48,872

International

  • Tuition: $31,552
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,520
  • Total: $51,246
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