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Undergraduate Program

African American Studies (AAS) brings together an interdisciplinary community of scholars to offer courses leading to a minor in the discipline. Our faculty is committed to exploring creative approaches to research and teaching by making the study of African Americans a central element in their scholarship and courses. Our faculty also promotes research across departmental boundaries, thereby producing scholarship touching upon politics, identify, religion, and other variables. The interdisciplinary methodology of AAS informs students who work in a variety of disciplines, including history, political science, sociology, anthropology, music, economics, literature, education, and psychology. While the majority of our courses examine the history and culture of African Americans, the minor concentration also enables students to study Africans in the homeland and the Diaspora.

The interdisciplinary minor consists of 18 credit hours offered in African-American Studies and with the cooperation of several departments within the College of Arts & Sciences. To earn the minor students are required to take AAS 1063. They must also take at least 3 credit hours in the categories of Literature and Fine Arts, and 3 in the Social Sciences; and at least 6 hours in the category of the Humanities, plus a 3 hour elective course at the 3000 to 4000 level.

Students who want to minor in African American Studies must complete 18 semester hours as outlined below.


Required Course

Humanities Requirements6

Literature and Fine Arts Requirements3

Social Sciences Requirements3


Total Credit Hours:18