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 CareerWhether 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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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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African American Studies Faculty
Our faculty harness their expertise from a variety of disciplines to unite in their fight against inequality. They are historians, chaplains, film experts, musicians, authors, and advocates.
"I have experienced African American history/Black history in more ways than just your average level humanities course. The classes have allowed me to examine race relations and the African American imprint in music, religion, art, and television."
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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