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African American Studies Minor

Why Study African American Studies at Fisher?

The minor in African American studies offers a multidisciplinary perspective on African American life and culture. You will explore the contributions of people of African descent in every area of human endeavor and begin to understand the material circumstances of their lives.

The minor includes courses that address social, political, and economic issues confronting people of African descent, particularly those who live in the United States.

The African American studies minor not only gives you a scholarly perspective on the lives and accomplishments of African Americans, it educates you to be a positive and productive citizen of a multicultural world.

Annual Activities

Gathering of the Griots

Each year the African American studies minor hosts a topical discussion and forum called Gathering of the Griots. Past events have explored topics including:

  • Masculinity Beyond the Man Box (2015)
  • Reclaiming the Black Literary Body (2013)
  • Civil Rights, Resistance, and the Real Help (2012)

Program Requirements

The Undergraduate Catalog contains the most current African American studies program requirements.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
AFAM 240 Modern Civil Rights Movement class with Adrian Elim, B.L.A.C.K. founder/activist (Fall 2015)

Latest African American Studies News


Miller Smith to Deliver MLK Memorial Lecture at the College at Brockport

Miller Smith to Deliver MLK Memorial Lecture at the College at Brockport


Dr. Arlette Miller Smith, director of the African American Studies program and founding dean and past director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs at St. John Fisher College, will deliver the annual Martin Luther King Memorial Lecture at the College at Brockport on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the Seymour Union Ballroom. Read More


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