African American Studies Minor

Why minor in African American studies?

  • With guidance from your advisor, you will tailor your curriculum to gain a comprehensive understanding of African American history, ideas and culture.
  • Familiarity with important issues in the African American community will help prepare you for careers in education, business, medicine and more. 
  • Developing skills in diversity and inclusion will set you apart in the job market.

African American Studies

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Social Work

Administration of the program

Courses must be approved by the faculty of the African American Studies Committee for inclusion in the minor. The administrator of the program must approve the course of study for each student who wishes to complete an African American Studies minor.

The minor includes AAS 100, plus at least 15 hours of additional course work for a total of at least 18 hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.50 in all courses counted toward the minor. It is recommended that AAS 100 be taken prior to undertaking all other courses included as options in the African American Studies minor.

A student cannot take more than six hours in a particular discipline to complete the minor; exceptions must have the permission of the Administrator. A student can petition to apply a variable content/special topics course to the minor, with the approval of the Administrator. Such variable content/special topics courses might include: AAS 397, 497; ANT 330; or REL 397.

  1. Complete AAS 100(3)

  2. Complete 15 hours from the following areas with at least three hours from each area:

    1. Historical Foundations: HST 331(3), HST 332(3)

    2. Pan-African Background and Perspectives: ANT 330(3)*, ANT 331(3), ANT 332(3); ANT 490(3)*; ENG 363(3); GRY 507(3); HST 323(3), HST 335(3); PLS 550(3)

    3. Arts and Humanities: ART 273(3), ART 488(3)*; ENG 355(3), ENG 455(3); REL 365(3)

    4. Politics and Society: CRM 415(3); HST 531(3); REL 345(3); SOC 336(3); SWK 219(3) 

      *when applicable

  3. Attain a minimum GPA of 2.50 in all courses counted toward the minor.


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