Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

2-3 semesters
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Add to your education by learning more about African American history, culture and literature.
This interdisciplinary minor encourages students to think broadly and to attempt to integrate all of their knowledge into a meaningful whole. Minoring in Africana Studies develops a better appreciation of African diasporic history and culture.

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Why Earn an Africana Studies Minor?

Africana Studies prepares students interested in history, policy, sociology, culture, entertainment, language, law, foreign affairs, and education, among many others, with the skills to become outstanding, productive citizens within their communities, the U.S., and global societies.

Africana Studies Minor Highlights

Student will gain a larger understanding of the African merican experience through the broader lens of the African diaspora.
The interdisciplinary program includes course options from more than 10 departments.
Black History Month and other programming bring top scholars to campus.
Faculty include top experts in their fields.
Either the certificate or the minor fits into most degree plans.

Africana Studies Minor Courses You Could Take

African American History and Culture to 1865 (3 hrs)
Social, cultural and political history of African Americans from the colonial period; slavery and its consequences.
African American History and Culture Since 1865 (3 hrs)
Social, cultural and political history of African Americans in the United States; development of segregation; civil rights movement.
Africa to the Nineteenth Century (3 hrs)
The ancient civilizations of Egypt, Kush, Axum, Ethiopia, Sudan and others; contacts with Europe and Asia, Islam and the slave trade.
African American Literature (3 hrs)
Study of the cultural and historical specificity of African American literature. Works may range widely in their chronological and geographic origin, ideological perspective, and relation to mainstream European and/or U.S. literary traditions.
African American Anthropology (3 hrs)
Develops a “double consciousness” of knowledge of African American (or Black) culture in the United States, the impact of Blacks on mainstream American culture and vice versa. Covers the role of U.S. history, politics and economics as having shaped and been shaped by the presence of people of African descent on this continent and in this hemisphere, including historical roots, classic literature, religion, social structural aspects of African-American culture, oral traditions, identity and representation.
African American Politics (3 hrs)
Explores the political development of African Americans in the United States; modes of thought and social movements that emerged in the Black community in reaction to systematic racial discrimination; African Americans’ transition from protest politics to mainstream electoral involvement; and the influence of African American presence in American politics.

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