Carolyn Vacca (History), Program Director
Fisher’s African American Studies minor is an interdisciplinary program committed to providing creative inquiry and critical analysis of historical, cultural, artistic, economic, and political lives. Studies include the African diaspora and center on the experiences of Black and Brown people in the United States.
The African American Studies minor pairs well with a host of majors, including American Studies, English, History, Legal Studies, Psychology, and Sociology. Employers in the business, education, nursing, and pharmacy professions seek graduates with both the complex understanding of cultures and the collaboration and leadership skills developed throughout the minor.
Fisher African American Studies minors graduate with skills to enhance both your professional and personal lives, including a deep historical knowledge of Black communities and cultures; an increased awareness of systemic racism; an appreciation for the complexity of Black identities through both intellectual traditions and the expressive arts; and a better understanding of social justice movements. Graduates are prepared to engage as productive change-makers in a globally interconnected, diverse world.
Minors will understand Black and Brown communities and cultures, as well as systems and movements; integrate their understanding of the complexity of Black identities in creative and critical ways; and be prepared to bring a diversity, equity, justice, and inclusion mindset to constructively engage in diverse communities in their professional and civic lives.