African and African American Studies Minor

Why minor in African and 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 and African American Studies

Bachelor of Applied Science
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Music Education
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science in Education (non-certifiable)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Bachelor of Social Work

Administration of the minor

Courses must be approved by the faculty of the African and African American Studies Committee for inclusion in the minor. It is recommended that AAS 100 be taken prior to all other courses in the minor. A student cannot take more than six hours in a particular discipline (course code) 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.


  1. AAS 100(3).
  2. 15 hours from the following areas with at least three hours from each area:
    1. Historical Foundations: AAS 331(3) or HST 331(3); AAS 332(3) or HST 332(3); AAS 338(3) or HST 338(3); AAS 345(3) or HST 345(3).
    2. Pan-African Background and Perspectives: AAS 323(3) or HST 323(3); AAS 330(3)* or ANT 330(3)*; AAS 333(3) or ANT 332(3); AAS 335(3) or HST 335(3); AAS 339(3) or HST 339(3); AAS 363(3) or ENG 363(3); AAS 490(3)* or ANT 490(3)*; AAS 550(3) or PLS 550(3).
    3. Arts and Humanities: AAS 355(3) or ENG 355(3); AAS 455(3) or ENG 455(3); ART 273(3), ART 486(3), ART 488(3)*.
    4. Politics and Society: AAS 312(3)* or ANT 312(3)*; AAS 334(3) or HST 334(3); AAS 336(3) or SOC 336(3); AAS 346(3) or REL 345(3); AAS 531(3) or HST 531(3); CRM 415(3); SWK 219(3).
      *when applicable
  3. Attain a minimum GPA of 2.50 in all courses counted toward the minor.

Note: With the administrator's permission, a student may use AAS 397, AAS 497, and REL 397 to satisfy any of the above requirements except for the AAS 100 requirements.

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