African and African American Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Minor in African and African American Studies

In the minor students will examine the cultural, historical, economic, and political dimensions and experiences of people of African descent in America, the Caribbean, Africa, and throughout the Diaspora. Students will learn theories and methodologies that are used to examine the complex dynamics of race, class, gender, and ethnicity in America. Through this minor students are able to develop critical and analytical approaches to societal issues because such issues are addressed and delineated through a variety of academic disciplines.

Students are encouraged to do an internship as part of the minor to further enhance their education and provide them with valuable preparation for the workforce.

This is an interdisciplinary minor offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

For policies governing all minors, see the Undergraduate Policies section of this catalog.

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Minor Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

Students pursuing the minor in African and African American Studies must complete a minimum of 15 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.00. Eight credits of course work must be unique to the minor.

One required course (3 credits):

AFAM 200 - Introduction to African American Studies Credits: 3

Four elective courses (12 credits) chosen from the list below:

Other courses, when relevant, may be able to meet this requirement with prior written approval of the director.

AFAM 390 - Special Topics in African and African American Studies Credits: 3

AFAM 490 - Internship Credits: 2-6

AFAM 499 - Independent Study Credits: 1-3

DANC 118 - World Dance Credits: 3 (May be applied to the minor when the topic is relevant to African and African American Studies.)

ENGH 348 - Beginnings of African American Literature Through 1865 Credits: 3

ENGH 349 - African American Literature: Reconstruction to 1903 Credits: 3

ENGH 350 - African American Literature Through 1946 Credits: 3

ENGH 351 - Contemporary African American Literature Credits: 3

FREN 451 - Topics in Sub-Saharan Francophone Literature and Culture Credits: 3

FREN 454 - Topics in Caribbean Francophone Literature and Culture Credits: 3

GGS 325 - Geography of North Africa and the Middle East Credits: 3

GOVT 464 - Issues in Public Policy and Administration Credits: 1-3

HIST 261 - Survey of African History Credits: 3

HIST 262 - Survey of African History Credits: 3

HIST 335 - The African American Experience in the United States: African Background to 1885 Credits: 3

HIST 336 - The African American Experience in the United States: Reconstruction to the Present Credits: 3

SOCI 308 - Race and Ethnicity in a Changing World Credits: 3

SOCI 332 - The Urban World Credits: 3

Total: 15 credits

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