Are you looking to gain a better understanding of our nation as a whole and how Black Americans have shaped it? Being an African American Studies minor can make you a more informed citizen of America and the world, while providing you with the tools to become a diversity-conscious professional.

Here are 8 other reasons to minor in African American Studies:

1. Students with any major and from any background can become African American Studies minors. In some cases, the courses in your major may count toward the minor.

2. Now more than ever students need to know about the historical and contemporary struggles and triumphs of Black Americans, which the African American Studies minor will teach you.

3. This minor equips students with critical thinking skills and an interdisciplinary methodology—both of which will serve as assets in any career.

4. Numerous studies have shown that employers want to hire people who are diversity-conscious, and all of our classes place an emphasis on diversity and inclusivity.

5. Students have the opportunity to take part in study abroad, community engagement, and hands-on learning opportunities that center the Black experience.

6. Our strong relationship with Ball State’s Black Alumni Constituent Society creates opportunities for our minors to network with potential employers and community partners.

7. We have fantastic events and speakers, including award-winning authors such as Angela Davis, Mahogany Browne, Hanif Abdurraqib, Tyehimba Jess, and Lorenzo Boyd.

8. We centralize and celebrate African American experiences not only during Black History Month but all year round. Please join us in this necessary work!

Learn more about Ball State’s African American Studies minor here. For further information or questions about the program, contact Dr. Emily Rutter, Associate Professor of English, or Dr. Kiesha Warren-Gordon, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology.