College of Humanities and Public Affairs
African American Studies Program
Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897
Courses in African American Studies provide an opportunity for students to explore the African American experience in the United States as well as learn about the African heritage which many Americans share. The course of study is liberal arts oriented rather than vocational oriented, but knowledge about the diversity of American culture is helpful for nearly all occupations and careers. The minor in African American studies includes courses and faculty from various departments and colleges of the university.
All students minoring in African American Studies are required to take AAS 100: Introduction to African American Studies. In addition, students must take at least three credit hours in each of four areas of study: Historical Foundations, Pan-African Background and Perspectives, Arts and Humanities and Politics and Society. The student must also complete an additional elective for a total of 18 hours. With the approval of the associate dean of the College of Humanities and Public Affairs (CHPA), students may petition to apply a variable content/special topics course to the minor. Examples of variable content/special topics courses include ANT 330: Peoples and Cultures (of Africa and the Caribbean) and AAS 497: Directed Reading. AAS 100: Introduction to African American Studies may be used to satisfy the Humanities Perspective of the Culture and Society area of inquiry in general education.
Students in the African American Studies program should consult the Missouri State Catalog online at www.missouristate.edu/catalog for specific course information.
Faculty members of the African American Studies Committee approve courses for the minor. The associate dean of CHPA must approve the course of study for each student who wishes to complete an African American Studies minor.