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African American Studies

About Our Program

As the United States becomes an increasingly diverse and multi-ethnic society, the need for its citizens to possess historical context and cross-cultural perspectives is imperative. 

In our program, you’ll develop a deep understanding of the African-American experience as you think critically about the history, presence, and contributions of African Americans in the United States. You’ll draw from multiple disciplines to consider the complexities of Black American identity through gender, sexuality, spirituality, class, political, and cultural ideologies.

You’ll be inspired and supported by faculty who encourage you to push boundaries and confront issues of access, equity, and social justice.

Learning Experiences to Prepare for Your Career

Whether you’re studying on campus, domestically, or internationally, you’ll have ample opportunities to think critically about the world around you and become an advocate for social change.

Research

Dig deeper into pressing social issues through research, either during the semester or as part of a paid summer fellowship. You might even get to be on the forefront of diversity initiatives like Nadirah N. Croft ’21. She worked alongside Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion Kimberly Flint Hamilton to pose assessment questions related to diversity and inclusion initiatives at St. Lawrence.

 

Internships

Learn by doing in a real-world environment. Our majors intern with a wide range of organizations, including: 

  • American Diabetes Association
  • St. Lawrence University Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Youth Alliance for Leadership and Development in Africa
  • J.P. Morgan

Volunteering

You can also gain experience while making a difference through service work. Students have volunteered with Generation Citizen, an organization that encourages young people to be involved in the political process and civic engagement.

Global Perspectives

Take your education around the globe as you choose from more than 30 semester-long programs offered in more than 20 international locations.

Off-Campus Study in the U.S. 

Study at Fisk University, one of the top 10 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), for a semester. 

Other U.S.-based off-campus study programs include a Liberal Arts in New York City experience, which includes an internship with a Manhattan-based business or nonprofit. 

Short-Term Trips & Field Experiences

In addition to semester- and year-long programs, you’ll also have the chance to participate in short-term travel study trips with faculty members.

Among the 150+ clubs and organizations at St. Lawrence, you’ll find many that students pursuing African American studies have been involved in, including: 

  • Black Student Union
  • Thelomathesian Society
  • Model U.N.
  • Carefree Black Girls
  • Film Club
  • Men in Color
  • The Hill News

Why St. Lawrence for African American Studies

95%

of St. Lawrence graduates studying humanities employed or continuing their education within a year

69

the number of majors you can choose from to pair with your African American studies minor

22

African-American studies courses to choose from

11:1

student to faculty ratio

17

the average class size at St. Lawrence

77%

of St. Lawrence graduates who study more than one discipline

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Program Requirements & Courses

Explore African-American studies minor requirements, as well as electives and combined study options.

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Student art work

Diverse Perspectives

At St. Lawrence, we are committed to ensuring that we are a community that embraces diversity in all forms. Throughout the year, clubs and organizations host events, workshops, and display artwork that is meaningful to their unique experiences.
(Artwork by Nadirah Croft '21)

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We’re excited to learn more about you, tell you more about our interdisciplinary academic programs, show you around our beautiful campus, and help you navigate your college search.

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We’re looking for curious students who are eager to make a difference. We take a holistic approach to reviewing applications and consider all aspects of your application and what we learn about you.