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Programs in African American Studies

Join our progressive studies to gain valuable insight into ways Africans and African Americans have shaped the Americas of today.

TU’s African American Studies minor will have you emerging from the program with a better understanding of how Africans and African Americans have shaped the modern history and culture of the Americas. Part of the history program, our minor allows students to complement any major with classes in the history, literature, and culture of Africans and African Americans. You will experience various multidisciplinary courses, including African film, African politics, civil liberties in the United States, inequality in American society, colonial America, the history of rhythm and blues, and many more.

92% Success Rate For TU History Graduates

$60K Annual Median Pay for Historians

12 Average Class Size

9:1 Student to Faculty Ratio

Professional Opportunities

Our undergraduate program exposes you to a range of historical issues and problems, fostering the development of fundamental skills necessary for your future career. TU’s history alumni employers include renowned organizations such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Sotheby’s Auction House, and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Job opportunities:

  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Library work
  • Museum work
  • Education

Beyond the Classroom

    • Set the stage for lifelong learning and success.

      Learning is an individualized journey that extends far beyond a major or the walls of a classroom. TU’s Office of Integrative and Experiential Learning (OIEL) provides opportunities for scholars to enliven their studies through global education, research, scholarship, and interdisciplinary programs. Our real-world academic enrichment opportunities are designed to challenge students and enhance their personal and professional educational experience.


    • Make your TU experience as rich and diverse as you like.

      TU students have abundant opportunities to get involved with clubs and organizations to develop new skills, meet new friends, and make lifetime memories. From international clubs, music groups, and intramural sports to Greek life, student government, and on-campus leadership, there’s truly something for everyone at TU. Our multi-faceted extracurricular options perfectly complement our multidisciplinary academic approach.

      Student Organizations

    • Be the change you want to see.

      TU encourages students to give back to the community and see societal problems through a different lens. In considering issues ranging from low-income to racial biases, students analyze the intricacies of cyclical social issues to gain broader perspectives and insights, which they can share with others and act on in the community.


    • Pursue success with confidence - backed by TU’s job placement guarantee.

      TU is committed to our students’ professional success, which is why our Center for Career Development, aka CaneCareers, offers a job placement guarantee program. We promise that students who follow the program will land an entry-level job in their chosen field or continue their education within six months of graduation, or we’ll give them a free semester of grad school.


    Learn more about the department

    The study of the past challenges the intellect, builds the imagination and encourages critical thinking.

    Department of History