African American Studies Minor


Using a multi-disciplinary lens, the African-American Studies program critically examines the background, culture and diverse experiences of the peoples of sub-Saharan Africa and their descendants in the global diaspora. Courses in the program utilize critical and analytical approaches derived from or grounded in the black experience.

The program allows students to demonstrate study and expertise in African-American Studies and serves as a basis for advanced study in a variety of disciplines and professional fields. It is available to all students enrolled at the University.

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    Requirements for the Minor

    The African-American Studies minor will be granted to students completing a minimum of 18-credit-hours, including AAS 2000, AAS 4900 and 12 credit hours in other courses approved for African-American Studies credit. Courses meeting African-American Studies criteria, including AAS 2000 and AAS 4900, are listed in the Schedule of Classes each semester.

    Required Courses (18 credits)

    • AAS 2000 Critical Perspectives in African-American Studies (3 credits)
    • AAS 4900 Integrative Seminar (3 credits)
    • Electives approved for African-American Studies credit. At least two of these classes must be 3000-level or above. (12 credits)

Program Contact Information

Program Director: Alex Zamalin, Ph.D.
Briggs Building, Room 236
McNichols Campus

Phone: 313-993-1425
Fax: 313-993-1166

Program Website