African-American Studies Interdisciplinary Minor

Interdisciplinary Minor in African-American Studies


The Department of African American Studies offers a campus-wide interdisciplinary minor in African American Studies. The minor is premised on the following principles: Interdisciplinarity, the centrality of Black women and gender, the use of the Global Africa/African Diaspora as a contextualizing framework and an emphasis on black agency or self-determining activity of African peoples. A minimum grade point average of 2.33 is required for completion of courses taken in the program. The Department of African American Studies must approve a student's minor course plan.

I. Core course requirements
AFRO 100Intro to African American St3
AFRO 490Theory in African American St3
or AFRO 220 Intro to Research Methods AfAm
AFRO 495Senior Thesis Seminar3
II. Areas of Concentration
A. Comparitive Race, Racialized Communities & Identities. Students must take at least one course in this area. Students may choose courses from a list in the Department office. 3-4
B. Cultural Production & Cultural Movements. Students must take at least one course in this area. Students may choose courses from a list in the Department office. 3-4
C. Political Economy, Public Policy & Contemporary Issues. Students must take at least one course in this area. Students may choose courses from a list in the Department office. 3-4
Elective in any of the above areas3
Students must take at least one course focusing on Black Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies chosen from a list in the Department office. Students may count this course toward any of the required areas above.
Total Hours21

Students must not take more than 6 hours of 100-level courses. A minimum of 6 hours of 300- and 400-level courses is required.