Minor in African American Studies

Students may seek an academic minor in African American studies.

The African American studies minor complements the skills the student gains in his or her major discipline by offering an interdisciplinary approach to study of the contemporary life, history, and culture of African Americans.

Requirements for the Minor

A minor in African American studies requires the completion of 15 credits of coursework focusing on African American issues, chosen from the following courses: 

  • AASP Any course 
  • CCJS 370 Race, Crime, and Criminal Justice 
  • ENGL 363 African American Authors from the Colonial Era to 1900 
  • ENGL 364 African American Authors from 1900 to the Present 
  • HIST 255 African American History 
  • HIST 460 African American History: 1500 to 1865 
  • HIST 461 African American History: 1865 to the Present 
  • SOCY 423 Minorities in the United States 
  • SOCY 424 Race and Ethnic Relations

It is recommended that students take AASP 201 as the first course in the minor (if they have not already applied the course toward other degree requirements).

Courses already applied toward other degree requirements (e.g., major or general education) may not be applied toward the minor. At least 9 credits must be earned in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above). Prerequisites apply for all courses.

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