Welcome to the IU Northwest Department of Minority Studies
The Department of Minority Studies offers four programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts Degrees:
- African American and African Diaspora Studies
- African American and African Diaspora Studies – Concentration in Latino Studies
- Interdepartmental Major in African American and African Diaspora Studies and Communication
- Interdepartmental Major in African American and African Diaspora Studies and English
The curriculum is designed to acquaint the student with the unique worldviews, cultures, and historical experiences of Black and Latino citizens and those of minority groups in general.
The program also offers a postbaccalaureate certificate in Community Development and Urban Affairs.
The curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Afro‐American Studies is oriented toward professional preparation and graduate study. The two program sequences, Human Services and Community Development, Place a heavy emphasis on education that is directly related to employment opportunities and graduate level study.
Latino Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to acquaint the student with the worldview and experience of Chicanos and Puerto Ricans in the U.S. The department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree program in Afro- American Studies with a concentration in Latino Studies; as well as programs that combine a Bachelor of Arts in History, Sociology, or Spanish with a concentration in Latino Studies.
Department of Minority Studies students have opportunities to participate in and organize community engagement events and activities through the department’s University-Community outreach programming. Featured events include Black History Month, Chicano History and Culture, Puerto Rican History and Culture; Gary Preservation Project and the annual Environmental Justice and Participatory Democracy Conferences.