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 101 Introduction to Sociology (beginning Fall 2020)
    • 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 any course designated in Capstone (use "Select a Discipline") each semester.
      • ARH 233 African American Art
      • DNC 150 African Dance & Cultures
      • FLM 336 African American Cinema
      • MUS 229 World Music
      • MUS 235 History of Jazz
      • MUS 283 Musics of Brazil
      • THR 225 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 any course designated in Capstone (use "Select a Discipline") each semester.
      • Any course with an AAS prefix. Recent offerings have included:
        • Race: History of a Concept
        • Global Black Literature
      • ATH 287 Borders & Boundaries
      • COM 372 or 373 Race & Representation
      • ENG 284 Literature of Genocide
      • FRN 330 Francophone Cultures of Africa & the Caribbean
      • HST 109 Gender & Jim Crow
      • HST 128 Medicine and Power in African History
      • 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
      • HST 384 Global Health and African History
      • PSY 425 Contemporary Racism

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.