The Africana Studies minor is an interdisciplinary study of the history, culture, and socio-economic experience of people of African descent with a particular emphasis on the African American experience. Students with any major may complete the Africana Studies minor by fulfilling the curricular requirements.


The minor in Africana Studies consists of six courses:

  1. AAS 101 Introduction to African American Studies
  2. ENG 273 or 274 African American Literature
  3. One of the following History courses:
    • HST 209 or 210 Africa since 1800
    • HST 365 or 366 The African American Experience I: to 1896
    • HST 367 or 368 The African American Experience II: since 1896
  4. One of the following Sociology courses:
    • SOC 224 American Ethnic Diversity
    • SOC 235 Inequality & Power
  5. Arts Elective
    • One course engaging African American or Africana arts (art, dance, film, music, or theatre). Choices include those listed below, as well as Special Topics Courses. Check with your advisor and Capstone (using "Select a Discipline") each semester.
      • ARH 233 African American Art
      • DNC 150 African Dance & Cultures
      • FLM 336 African American Cinema
      • MUS 225 World Music
      • MUS 228 History of Jazz
      • MUS 283 Musics of Brazil
      • THR 284 Race and Performance
      • THR 339 or 340 Topics in Theatre History: Post-Independence African TheatreArts Elective
  6. General Elective
    • Any course that engages topics of African American or Africana experience. Choices include those listed below, as well as Special Topics Courses. Check with your advisor and Capstone (using "Select a Discipline") each semester.
      • Any course with an AAS prefix. Recent offerings have included:
        • "We Charge Genocide" - History of violence against African-Americans through the lens of genocide
        • Race: History of a Concept
        • Global Black Literature
      • COM 372 or 373 Race & Representation
      • ENG 284 Literature of Genocide
      • FRN 330 Francophone Cultures of Africa & the Caribbean
      • HST 103 African History Through Film
      • HST 116 Pop Culture & Politics: Africa
      • HST 122 African Freedom Fighters
      • HST 144 Music of the Civil Rights Movement
      • HST 235 American Civil War & Reconstruction
      • HST 291 Colonial Latin America and the Caribbean
      • HST 375 Race & Ethnicity in Latin America and the  Caribbean
      • PSC 289 Critical Race Theory
      • PHL 181 Philosophy of Race
      • PHL Caribbean Philosophy
      • PHL Africana Philosophy
      • PSY 425 Contemporary Racism
      • PSY 483 Psychology of African Americans

Substitutions are possible for some requirements; contact Dr. Emanuela Kucik or your Africana Studies advisor with specific questions.

Please see the Course Catalog for course descriptions.

Interested in declaring the minor? Speak with Dr. Emanuela Kucik, and bring along a copy of the Field of Study Declaration form.