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.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 15

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Required Course

AFAM 200 Introduction to African American Studies (Mason Core) 3
Total Credits 3


Select four courses (12 credits) from the following: 1 12
Special Topics in African and African American Studies
Independent Study
DANC 118
World Dance (Mason Core) (May be applied to the minor when the topic is relevant to African and African American Studies)
Beginnings of African American Literature Through 1865
African American Literature: Reconstruction to 1903
African American Literature Through 1946
Contemporary African American Literature
Topics in Sub-Saharan Francophone Literature and Culture
Topics in Caribbean Francophone Literature and Culture
GGS 325
Geography of North Africa and the Middle East
GOVT 464
Issues in Public Policy and Administration
Survey of African History (Mason Core)
Survey of African History (Mason Core)
The African American Experience in the United States: African Background to 1885
The African American Experience in the United States: Reconstruction to the Present
Race and Ethnicity in a Changing World
The Urban World (Mason Core)
Total Credits 12

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