What can an Africana studies minor do for you?
Study the traditions and experiences of people of African descent all over the world in our Africana Studies minor.
History, philosophy, political science, economics, anthropology, sociology, literature, music and theatre come together to help you understand and analyze key aspects of black life in Africa, the Caribbean and the United States.
In our culturally diverse society, it's essential to become familiar with African, African-American, and Caribbean cultures, traditions and values.
Faculty from a range of academic disciplines teach in our Africana Studies minor. From a history professor, you'll learn how the Civil Rights movement actually began in the 1860s. From a music professor, you'll take a closer look at the development of jazz. With a philosophy professor, you'll compare Plato's Republic to HBO's The Wire.
No matter your background, Africana Studies will expand your worldview and enhance your understanding of your own heritage in interaction with other cultures.
- Demonstrate the ability to analyze the cultural, historical, political, and social aspects of the African Diaspora.
- Possess the critical vocabulary and concepts with which to describe and interpret the lived experience of people of the African Diaspora.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the interdisciplinary character of the field.
This is an interdisciplinary minor. The Africana Studies minor completes, with a grade of C- or better, AFRC-101 Introduction to Africana Studies and at least 16 semester hours in the following courses or other courses approved by the program coordinator. Students consult with a minor adviser to select courses and are expected to take a balance of upper- and lower-level courses. At least three of these courses must be at the 200-level or higher.
Double-counting restriction for interdisciplinary minors: Only 4 semester hours of this minor may be double-counted toward the student's major.
"I wholeheartedly will say that the Africana studies program was one of the best decisions I made."
"Understanding people who are different from you stimulates thoughtful discussion, connections and provokes a different form of academic achievement."
"The program has expanded my worldview and helped me to understand more about my own culture."