African Studies, Minor

The mission of the African & African American Studies Program is to mentor intellectual leaders, develop emerging scholars and to train global citizens who are able to explore the world from diverse perspectives in an ever increasingly global and interdisciplinary world. In our experiential liberal arts education model, students study culture, history, politics and society as they relate to African and African American Studies to cultivate their thinking, reading and writing skills through inter-disciplinary class-based and experiential learning opportunities. Some of the major areas of interest and research of our faculty include the public humanities and public policy, critical race theory and empire/colonialism, criminal justice and carceral state, global public health and neglected tropical diseases, gender, sexuality and women studies.

Through rigorous study, co-op, study abroad, Dialogue of Civilizations and service-learning, students acquire use-inspired knowledge and competencies that will equip them with endless possibilities to flexibly fit any profession and graduate studies they may pursue in the social sciences and humanities. 

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified.

Required Course

AFRS 1101Introduction to African Studies (A grade of C or higher is required)4

 Social Sciences

Complete two of the following:8
Third World Political Relations
Gender in the African Diaspora
Africa Today
Global Revolution
The Scope and Dynamics of Conflicts in Africa
Epidemiology of Pandemic Diseases and Health Disparities in the African Diaspora
African Languages
Contemporary Government and Politics in Africa
Identity and Nationalism in Africa
Community Health, Culture, and Development in Kenya
Independent Study
Anthropology of Africa
Morocco: History, Cultures, and Economic Development in the Mediterranean Basin
Politics of Developing Nations


Complete two of the following:8
Foundations of Black Culture 1
The African Experience through Music
African History
Modern African Civilization
Arts and Culture of Africa
African Diaspora
Religion and Spirituality in the African Diaspora
African Languages
Identity and Nationalism in Africa
Topics in African History
Arts of the African Diaspora
Topics in African History
Elementary Swahili 1

GPA Requirement

2.000 GPA required in the minor