MINOR IN AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES

Organization name: Ball State University

Program Type

Academic programs

Ages Served:

19-25 Years

Overview

Brief Program Summary: Ball State University’s minor in African-American Studies provides students a better understanding of the nation as a whole and African-Americans’ contribution to it. Students explore how race, power, and resistance have shaped American society more broadly. Students also gain a meaningful and informed sense of events like Ferguson and Charlottesville, which swirl around the national consciousness and shape politics and culture every day. In that sense, being an African-American Studies minor can make a student a more informed citizen. This minor can also make a student a more marketable potential employee after college. As studies from the “Wall Street Journal,” Monster.com, and others have shown, employers want to hire people who are diversity-conscious. This is true across disciplines, from the humanities to STEM fields. Employers want employees to be knowledgeable of contexts and experiences outside of their own.
Success Metrics: African-American studies instills students with critical thinking skills, intellectual dexterity, cultural competencies that will be valuable later in life, and historical and modern contributions of African Americans to American life, culture, and politics.

Demographics

Number Served & Racial Distribution:

Total Number of Individuals Annually Served

N/A

Black or African Americans Annually Served

100%

Hispanic or Latinos Annually Served

0%

Geographic Scope:

− Central Indiana Counties: N/A
− Additional/Other Areas of Focus: N/A

Resources

Annual Operating Cost: N/A
Initial Start-Up Cost: $0

Contact Information

Organization Name: Ball State University
Website: https://www.bsu.edu/academics/collegesanddepartments/csh/academic- programs/african-american-studies https://blogs.bsu.edu/csh/2020/06/22/8-reasons-to-minor-in-african-american-studies/
Respondents Name: Diane Watters
Email: dbuck@bsu.edu

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