This program, developed in 1994, takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of African and African-American experiences, connecting the past with the present. The program is highly recommended for students majoring in education, human services, political science, English, history, international studies, communications and other programs leading to work with multicultural communities. Through connected study, the student not only takes a fresh approach to learning, but also develops an individualized study plan.
The minor consists of a minimum of 20 credit hours, including a capstone course, selected from a current group of courses approved by the African & African-American Studies Advisory Committee. To satisfy minor requirements, students must elect courses from at least two departments. At least one course must focus on the African and another on the African-American experience. Students who take a course that connects the African and African-American experiences may obtain approval from the program coordinator to have the course count in both areas.
Up to 12 semester hours of study abroad courses that emphasize African & African-American subject matter may count for the minor, with the approval of the program coordinator. Students should be aware that to study abroad, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required; some international programs require an even higher GPA.
A minor in African & African-American Studies requires 20 semester hours taken from the following:
|ARH 341||African Art||4 sh|
|ENG 238||African-American Literature before 1945||4 sh|
|ENG 239||African-American Literature Since 1945||4 sh|
|ENG 338||The African Experience in Literature||4 sh|
|ENG 359||African-American Novels||4 sh|
|FRE 353||The Francophone World Outside the Hexagon||4 sh|
|GEO 320||Africa’s People and Environments||4 sh|
|GST 206-IS||The Call of South Africa (Study Abroad)||4 sh|
|HST 313||Modern Africa||4 sh|
|HST 314||A History of Southern African||4 sh|
|HST 363||African-American History: 1850-Present||4 sh|
|MUS 318||History of Jazz||4 sh|
|MUS 343||African-American Composers||4 sh|
|MUS 345||The Music of Miles Davis||4 sh|
|POL 367||Politics of Africa||4 sh|
|SOC 341||Ethnic and Race Relations||4 sh|
Seminars in African/African-American Studies|
(Interdisciplinary seminars focus on modern scholarship In African and African-American Studies. Topics vary according to course theme.)
|AAA 481||Internship in African/African-American Studies||1-4 sh|
|AAA 491||Independent Study||1-4 sh|
|AAA 499||Research in African/African-American Studies||1-4 sh|
Interdisciplinary seminars focus on modern scholarship in African and African-American Studies. Topics vary according to course theme.
Students gain valuable work experience in a non-profit, business, governmental, legal, health services, or any other relevant setting that encourages the exploration of a career related to African & African-American Studies. Students must establish experiential goals and reflect on the learning experience. Offered on an individual basis when suitable opportunities can be arranged. Approval must be obtained from the AAAS program coordinator prior to registration.
This course provides an opportunity for students to undertake in-depth study of individually chosen research topics in African & African-American Studies under the direction of a program-affiliated faculty member. Research projects may include a review of research literature, developing a research design, data collection and analysis, and a presentation or report when the study is completed. Prerequisites: A research proposal form completed in conjunction with the faculty member is required for registration. Students may register for one to four hours of credit per semester and may register for more than one semester of research for a total of eight hours of research credit towards the minor. Students must have a minimum 2.5 G.P.A., have completed 28 semester hours of undergraduate work, and secured approval from the faculty sponsor and AAAS program coordinator.
* Courses cross-listed with disciplines will be offered with an AA suffix or a statement in the course description.
Students who take courses at other institutions for transfer credit, or who wish to have courses not listed above count towards the African & African-American Studies minor must contact the program coordinator for approval.