Program overview

Rider University’s African American studies minor explores the richness of the African American experience. Students will learn about important historical and contemporary figures and events that collectively contribute to what makes African American identity a part of who we are as a nation and beyond. The knowledge acquired in the African American studies minor will prepare students for graduate work and careers in a variety of areas, including academics, arts and culture organizations, government, public policy, the nonprofit sector, and professional careers.

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Minor requirements

Our 18-credit program focuses on the sociopolitical, historical, scientific and cultural contributions of African Americans to U.S. society. Students will have opportunities to take courses in disciplines such as History, English, Political Science and Sociology.


African American Studies (Minor)

Pearlie-Mae Peters

Professor, Director of Multicultural Studies Program

Department of English

Fine Arts Building

petersp [at]


Academic Focus: English

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