This program takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of African, African-American and other African diasporic 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 African and African-descended peoples. 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 experience 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.
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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.