African American studies examine the unique experiences of African-descended people living in the North American colonies and the United States from the 17th century to today.
Students in this major need to meet the requirements for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The African American Studies Program sponsors activities that enrich the community’s social, cultural, and intellectual experiences, such as the Darwin Turner Action Theatre, a social outreach group that focuses on African American dramatic literature.
The Afro-American Cultural Center serves as a museum and library of educational and cultural artifacts and exhibits of Black culture, providing enrichment and knowledge aimed at promoting interracial understanding.
The center offers programs and services to meet the needs of African American studies majors, including conferences, workshops, forums, film series, and discussion groups; private meeting rooms; study areas; computers; a library; employment listings; and social areas.
The African American Studies Program alerts students to study abroad opportunities of special interest, including Africa, the Caribbean, South America, and Mexico.
The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students. For additional details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college.
To gain a broad understanding of the African American experience, students are required to pursue courses in the humanities, social sciences, and performing arts.
The curriculum begins with two introductory courses: Foundations in African American Studies and either Introduction to African American Society (for students with a social science focus) or Introduction to African American Culture (for those with a humanities focus).
Two courses are required in each of these core areas, in addition to some elective courses:
- History, religion, and the diaspora
- Literature and performing arts
- Media, politics, and social institutions
All students who wish to earn a bachelor's degree in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences must complete the GE CLAS Core requirements.
To learn more about course requirements and graduating with honors, see African American Studies in the UI General Catalog.