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African-American Studies Minor

The African-American Studies minor offers an interdisciplinary perspective on the collective histories, experiences, contributions, and social conditions of African-Americans in the United States and abroad, beginning with African roots and the Diaspora. Courses in this program focus on the political, social, economic, scientific, and religious discourses that have shaped African-Americans.

This program will integrate research and scholarship while enabling students to explore theories and methods that will enhance their awareness of race relationships, African-American culture, and African-American issues. Additionally, the program will help students to better prepare themselves for professional endeavors, especially in such areas as health care, education, public service, and business. Students will have a better understanding of the diverse populations that many may serve in their careers. In addition to academic coursework, the African-American Studies program sponsors public events throughout the year. These include panel discussions, lectures, and film screenings.


The African-American Studies Program draws upon the expertise of faculty in many academic departments and schools within the University. These faculty offer courses appropriate to the scholarly study of African-American history, experience, contribution, and conditions.

Requirements and Curriculum

The minor consists of 18 credit hours (six courses). Courses taken for the minor must have an African-American or African context. At least one course must be taken from each of the listed three thematic areas (African context, African-American focus, and race in America).

The following course is required and should be taken prior to, or in conjunction with, other approved African-American courses: AAS 101: Introduction to African-American Studies.

The following courses may be taken to fill the thematic area requirements, each of which are 3 credit hour courses:

African Context

  • HIST 242: History of Africa
  • HIST 351: Colonial Legacy in Africa
  • ENGL 333: Modern African Literature

African-American Focus

  • HIST 228: African-American History
  • POLSC 242: African-American Political Thought
  • ENGL 331: Issues in African-American Literature
  • MUS 138: History of Jazz
  • HIST 220: History of Black Chicago

Race in America

  • SOC 224: The Invention of Race
  • SOC 225: Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • EDU 315: Diversity in American Education

Additional Courses

  • SOC 283: Gangs and Society
  • SOC 325: Race, Class, Gender and the Law
  • POLSC 207: Urban Politics
  • HIST 310: History and Politics of Welfare in America

Special topic courses relevant to African-American studies may be included in the minor. Please consult Self-Service using the course type "African-American Studies" to find additional courses approved for the minor. Contact the program director for more information about program requirements.


T. Crump, Ph.D., J.D., LL.M.
Faculty Director