New Honors College Pathway to African American Studies Minor

by JB Bilbrey

Honors College students now have the option to pursue an African American Studies minor as part of their Honors requirements. This synergy between the Honors College and Ball State’s African American Studies program will strengthen diversity within the Honors curriculum as well as connections with like-minded programs across Ball State’s campus.

An open interest meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 23, from 5-6:30pm in the Foundational Sciences Building, Room 253.

Highlights of the Honors-African American Studies collaboration for 2022-2023:

  • In Spring 2023, Honors Associate Dean, Dr. Emily Ruth Rutter, will teach Honors 199 as an Introduction to African American Studies (AFAM 100) course. Students who successfully complete this course will earn credit for both Honors 199, a required Honors course (also part of UCC Tier II), and AFAM 100.
  • Beginning in Fall 2022, students enrolled in Honors courses focused on an aspect of the African diaspora and taught by African American Studies affiliates will receive elective credit toward the African American Studies minor.
  • Beginning in Fall 2022, if a student’s Honors thesis is focused on Black or African diasporic experiences, she/they/he may be able to receive credit for the African American Studies capstone course (AFAM 400). The student should consult with the Director of African American Studies,  Kiesha Warren-Gordon, and the Honors Associate Dean Emily Ruth Rutterif they wish to avail themselves of this option.


To complete the African American Studies Minor (AFAM) Pathway in Honors, students must complete the following required courses (15 credit hours):

  • AFAM 100: Introduction to African American Studies/Honors 199 taught by Dr. Rutter (University Core Curriculum) (3 credit hours)
  • AFAM 200: African American Studies Theory and Methods (3 credit hours)
  • AFAM 400: African American Studies Capstone/Honors Thesis focused on Black or African diasporic experiences (3 credit hours)
  • Two electives in the African American Studies elective menu or approved Honors courses taught by an African American Studies Affiliate Faculty (6 credit hours)

Still not convinced? Here are 8 reasons to minor in African American Studies.

For more information on the African American Studies program, visit the site or contact Dr. Kiesha Warren-Gordon or Honors Associate Dean Rutter.

For more information visit the African American minor page.

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