African and Black Studies

Minor

Critical Thinking in a Diverse World.

The interdisciplinary African and Black Studies minor prepares students for our diverse world through study of Black and African thought, histories, politics, cultures, and societies in the African continent and throughout the world. Students will have the opportunity to think critically about Blackness specifically (and race more generally), about Africa, and about the complex relationship between Africa and the rest of the world. This interdisciplinary minor is grounded in the social sciences and humanities but can encompass the arts, business, communications, education, and the natural and health sciences. Students can earn credits towards the minor at Butler and through study abroad.

Program Information

Curriculum

Sample courses include:

  • HST 218 – Introduction to African American History and Africana Studies 
  • AN 304 – Medical Anthropology
  • AN 380 – Selected Topics in Anthropology 
  • FR 318 – Intro to Francophone Cultures 

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The Butler Advantage

Enrich your program by studying one of the world’s most interesting, largest, and most diverse regions.

Explore our diverse world through study of Black and African thought, histories, politics, cultures, and societies in the African continent and throughout the world.

Learn about Africa in Core Courses such as FYS 101-2 Global Perspectives on Health, GHS 206 Resistance and Reaction: Colonialism and Postcolonialism in Africa and GHS 208 Revolutionary Europe and Colonial Nigeria, and SW 215 Being Human.

Study a foreign language widely spoken in Africa such as French or Arabic.

Complete an Africa-related internship with the Tutu Center or another organization in Indianapolis, Washington, DC, or in Africa.

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Robin Turner
Associate Professor, Political Science
Political Science – LAS
Robin L. Turner is an Associate Professor of Political Science, Chair of the Department of Political Science, and Director of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at Butler University in the USA and an honorary research associate of the Society, Work,…
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Jishnu Guha-Majumdar
Assistant Professor – Political Science
Political Science – LAS
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Charlene Fletcher
Assistant Professor – History
Department of History, Anthropology and Classics
Dr. Fletcher is a historian of race, gender, and confinement in the American South. She holds a Ph.D. in History from Indiana University. Before attending IU, Charlene led a domestic violence/sexual assault program and a significant reentry initiative…
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