The minor in African American Studies explores the history and culture of persons of the African Diaspora, giving students the tools to address difficult and timely issues related to race and ethnicity. 

Julianne Malveaux speaking at Trinity


What You'll Study

Design, History, Cities


Making connections through experience and empathy

Our faculty bring interdisciplinary expertise to foster ties between students and the communities they will impact.

Kimberlyn Montford
Kimberlyn Montford, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Music
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William T. Burke III, J.D.
Associate Professor, Business Administration
Anene Ejikeme
Anene Ejikeme, Ph.D.
Special Assistant to the Provost, ACS Mellon Academic Leadership Fellows Program & Associate Professor, History
David Rando
David P. Rando, Ph.D.
Professor, English
Claudia Stokes
Claudia Stokes, Ph.D.
Professor, English
Angela Tarango
Angela Tarango, Ph.D.
Professor, Religion

Student Opportunities

Make an impact as an undergraduate

  • Research Opportunities
    Students have opportunities to conduct and present research at regional and national academic and student leadership conferences.
  • Internships
    Students have access to a strong network of internships in city and state government offices, local cultural arts organizations, local marketing and publishing companies, public and private educational institutions, and social service institutions. Trinity offers students a set of established relationships with local african-american churches and the NCAAP.
  • Afro-Affinity Hall
    A living-learning community intended as a space for Black students on campus to be able to unwind and feel comfortable. The hall is predominantly Black, but is also open to students of any racial or ethnic identity.
  • BSU
    Trinity’s Black Student Union creates a social network for black students and those interested in the culture and to educate the Trinity community about salient historical perspectives and issues that are relevant to black communities.
  • Lecture Series and Annual Events

    The department hosts guest speakers and lecturers, and works closely with the annual MLK lecture commission.

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When You Graduate

Make an impact through law, nonprofit work, government, and more

Students graduate with the skills necessary to enter government, research, advocacy, and beyond, setting out into the world imbued with a practice of responsible innovation, intentional inclusion, and empathetic leadership.

In an increasingly diverse world, understanding the legacy of black peoples in America is paramount to employers and workplace culture.



Tigers are valued for their strong research and interpersonal skills, along with their problem-solving and leadership abilities.

Common Career Areas:

  • Law
  • Education
  • Urban Planning
  • Politics
  • Advocacy
  • Marketing
  • Nonprofit management

Common Graduate Schools:

  • Rice University
  • St. Mary's University
  • Trinity University

Graduate Programs:

  • History
  • African American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Political Science


Take the next step

Have more questions or want more information? Learn more about becoming a Tiger, and how you can accelerate what’s next for your education.