African Studies, Minor

The mission of the African and African-American Studies Program is to mentor intellectual leaders, to 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 interdisciplinary 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's studies.

Through rigorous study, co-op, study abroad, Dialogue of Civilizations, and service-learning, students have an opportunity to 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
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
Contemporary Government and Politics in Africa
Community Health, Culture, and Development in Kenya
Anthropology of Africa
Morocco: History, Cultures, and Economic Development in the Mediterranean Basin
Politics of Developing Nations


AFAM 1109Foundations of Black Culture 14
AFRS 1180African History4

GPA Requirement

2.000 GPA required in the minor