African and African American Studies

Karen M. Tinsley, Department of Psychology

The African and African American Studies minor is interdisciplinary and it celebrates the achievements of people of African descent in Africa and the Diaspora while addressing their pursuit of justice, equality and self-determination. It focuses on cultures, societies, histories and concerns of people of African descent in Africa and the Diaspora including North America, the Caribbean and other parts of the world. It balances the study of race relations and racism with a celebration of African and African American achievements and contributions to the United States and the wider world. It provides a basis for better understanding among people in multicultural societies, multiracial nations and helps prepare students for a wide range of careers in such fields as criminal justice, education, law, health care, human relations, management, marketing, sports management and social work.

The minor in African and African American Studies is not available to AFAM majors.

Minor Requirements

The minor requires a minimum of 16 credit hours (four courses). The four courses must be taken in at least two different disciplinary departments. No more than one of these courses may be at the 100 level. Other requirements are as follows:

Select one of the following:4
African American History (HIST 225)
Introduction to African Heritage (SOAN 106)
African Connections4
Select one of the following:
African Women Writers
The Francophone World
Africa Before 1800
Africa Since 1800
Women in Modern Africa
African Government and Politics
SOAN 215
Culture & Sexuality in Africa
African Families in Transition
African Cultures in Film
The Americas4
Select one of the following:
Historical Perspectives (Variable Title)
African American Literature
Black Women Writers
Black Men Writers
ENGL 378
The Underground Railroad
The Civil Rights Movement
Understanding Oppressive Sys
Race, Society and Criminal Justice
Jazz Appreciation
Philosophy and Race
Individual Philosopher
Psychology of African Americans
Multiculturalism and Psychology
African American Religion and Theology
Racial and Ethnic Relations
Race and Gender in Media Focus
Select one of the following:4
Gender & Development in Africa
Race, Ethnicity, Psychology and Law
IDS 422
African Americans in the 21st Century: Back to the Future?
Understanding Poverty
Total Credits16

Total credit hours required for African and African American studies minor is 16 credits