African-American Studies Minor


Using a multi-disciplinary lens, the African American Studies minor 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 minor utilize critical and analytical approaches derived from or grounded in the Black experience.

The minor 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 undergraduate students enrolled at the University.

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    Requirements for the African American Studies Minor (18 credits)

    The African American Studies minor will be granted to students completing a minimum of the specified 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

College of Liberal Arts & Education
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