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“A people without knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots.”
Marcus Garvey 


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African American Studies





The minor in African American Studies recognizes an attempt to compress the unique and diverse experiences of the African American into a manageable and definable program of study. Viewed from the cross-disciplinary perspective, the African American Studies minor is concerned with providing a comprehensive and honest picture of the life and institutions of the American people of African ancestry and of their role in the development of the United States. The person who completes the African American Studies minor will have enlarged perspectives and increased awareness of diverse cultures; these are skills well-suited for jobs in governmental departments and agencies and with private organizations. As a related minor on any teacher certification program, African American Studies should add new dimensions to classroom teaching.


The minor in African American Studies (reference number 305) requires a minimum of 21 semester hours.

  • All Required courses (12 hours)
  • 9 hours of restricted electives: taught by the AFAM Faculty and/or from the cross-listed courses.
    • No more than 6 hours in any one department. All exceptions must be approved in advance by the director of the African American Studies Program.

AFAM 190: African American Experience

AFAM 358 or 359: Blacks in American History to 1877/Since 1877

AFAM 377: African American Folklife

AFAM 393: African American Literature


**AFAM Electives taught by AFAM Faculty are available from the following list:

AFAM 343: Communities of Struggle

AFAM 350: Peoples and Cultures of America

AFAM 360: History of Africa

AFAM 368: African Governments and Politics

AFAM 410: African American Music

AFAM 466: Geography of Africa

AFAM 480: Directed Independent Study in African American Topics

AFAM 490: African American Seminar


**Also, one can satisfy the Minor from the following cross-listed courses:

COMM 363, 463

ECON 460

FLK 330, 400

JOUR 201

PHIL 202

PS 220, 326, 327, 373

RELS 202, 324

SOCL 355, 362, 375

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 Last Modified 11/10/17