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African & African American Studies

The interdisciplinary minor is global in scope — exploring the histories and experiences of communities of African and African descent throughout the world, including the African continent, Afro-Latin American and Caribbean world, Indian Ocean world, and the United States.


Our program draws from expertise in the fields of anthropology, gender studies, history, language and literature, music and the performing arts, international studies, and sociology. In doing so, we address critical questions concerning cultural and intellectual production, gender, race, ethnicity, diversity, empowerment, global justice, and systemic violence.

The minor equips students to think critically about our intimately interconnected world. Students will develop the necessary skills to convey and articulate the conditions and experiences of African societies and communities of the African Diaspora into spaces that include business and law, policy, performance, research, public discourse.


To complete the minor, students must take six courses: five designated courses on African and African Studies—2 or 3 on continental Africa and 2 or 3 on Africa America and the African Diaspora—and AAS 500 Colloquium.

Minor Requirements

African and African American Studies Faculty

Faculty member Katrin Bahr

Katrin Bahr

  • Assistant Professor of German • Fulbright and DAAD Fellowship Advisor
  • Co-Chair of African and African American Studies
  • Chair, German, Chinese, and Japanese
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Kiyona J. Brewster

  • Assistant Professor of Sociology
  • Co-Chair of African and African American Studies

Jonathon L. Earle

  • Marlene and David Grissom Associate Professor of Social Studies
  • Co-Chair of Uganda Studies Group (African Studies Association)
  • Senior Editor of Oxford Research Encyclopedia of African History
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Jean Faye

  • Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

Ian W. Wilson

  • H. W. Stodghill, Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of German
  • Assistant Dean of General Education

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