African & African American Studies

African & African American Studies2019-08-23T12:44:26-05:00

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.

African & African American Studies

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 program 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.

What Courses Will I Take?

To complete the minor, students must take six courses. The following three courses are required: AAS 220 Introduction to African and African American Studies, ANT 335 / SOC 320 Race Ethnicity, and AAS 500 Colloquium.

• AAS 220 is an introductory survey course that explores the histories and cultures of Africa and African America.
• ANT 335 / SOC 320 examines the historical constructions and the contemporary lived experiences of ethnic and racial identities in the United States and cross-culturally.
• AAS 500 is an interdisciplinary colloquium focused on the development of an independent research project as a culmination of the student’s work in the minor.

The remaining three courses may be selected from a menu of options; at least one must engage Africa and at least one African America. The third may come from either category.


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