African American experience and culture are integral to American experience and culture as whole. It is impossible to understand or appreciate past and present of our nation or the nations of the African diaspora without taking into account the achievements and contributions of African Americans to science, politics, civil rights, medicine, art, jurisprudence, music, diplomacy, literature, military, sports, and scholarship. In addition, through the study and analysis of African American history and issues, students achieve a more three-dimensional view of humankind.
In the African and Black American Studies minor at Morris, students of all racial and ethnic identities are invited to learn about and examine African American issues, and to place that knowledge into the broader context of American and African history and culture. Students will explore and critically address issues of race, ethnicity, ethics, economics, and history using different methodological and thematic approaches.
The African and Black American Studies minor is strongly interdisciplinary, made up of courses from a variety of subjects. Given the importance of African American history and experience to our present society, and given the prominent role of race and ethnicity in political, policy, and other public debates, an understanding of African American culture and history is important for those entering law, politics, journalism, sociology, business, and many other fields.
In addition to academic pursuits, Morris has active student groups. The Black Student Union and Women of Color Association provide opportunities for students to gather and share ideas. The Multicultural Student Leadership Retreat is an annual event for students, faculty, and staff to discuss diversity issues and effect positive change on campus.