University Bulletin 2022-23

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Minor in African American Studies

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If a minor is required in your degree program, at least 9 (lower and/or upper-division) hours of courses in the minor must be completed at the University.

Core Requirements

  1. AFR 101, Introduction to African American Studies (three semester hours). This course is to be taken immediately after the African American Studies minor is declared.
  2. At least one humanities and one social science course selected from the offerings below.
  3. The election of additional courses to bring the total credits to at least 21 hours.
African American Studies Course Offerings
AFR 101 (Required)
Humanities Courses
EH 242
EH 390
EH 468
EH 477
EH 492
PHL 331
Social Science Courses
HY 362
HY 377
HY 485
SY 315
HY 479
HY 477
PSY 270
SY 435
HY 435
HY 478
SY 220
SY 445
GS 290
GS 492
PSC 340
ARH 250
ARH 343
IST 320
A description of these courses may be found under the appropriate departments.

The minor in African American Studies provides an interdisciplinary investigation of the experiences, conditions, origins, accomplishments, and contributions of people of African ancestry in the United States. Students may deepen their appreciation and understanding of African Americans by studying their earlier history in Africa, their transition to the New World, and their diasporic experiences in other parts of the world. The African American Studies Program is comprised of eighteen courses offered through seven departments of instruction within the College of Arts and Sciences.

The minor in African American Studies takes advantage of those characteristics of the African American experience that make it uniquely valuable for serious academic study and teaching, for it exposes students to the diversity and unity of the African American experience as well as to the similarities and differences among the cultures of Africa.