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Why African and Black American Studies

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The African and Black American studies minor will familiarize students with the variety, depth, and significance of African and Black Americans' contributions to American culture; introduce the many African and Black American points of view of history, society, politics, literature, art, and music; help students connect the African and Black American experience to the broader context of Africa and the African diaspora; and develop students' understanding of the nature of race and the dynamics of race and racism, particularly in the United States.

Students take a minimum of 24 credits in at least three different disciplines. At least 16 credits focus on primarily African and Black American content, with the remaining 8 credits (maximum) taken from courses with partial African and Black American content. The curriculum is drawn from many Disciplines at the University.

Courses with primarily African and Black American content:

  • ARTH 3241 - African American Art
  • ENGL 2041 - Introduction to African American Literature
  • ENGL 3331 - African American Literature
  • ENGL 3332 - African American Women Writers
  • ENGL 3522 - Harlem Renaissance
  • HIST 3356 - Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1974
  • SOC 3251 - African Americans

Courses with partial African and Black American content:

  • ENGL 3301 - U.S. Multicultural Literature
  • ENGL 4017 - Research Seminar: Tricksters-Conjurers in American Indian and African American Literature
  • FREN 1311 - West African Francophone Cinema
  • FREN 3041 - Francophone Studies: Francophone Worlds
  • FREN 3042 - Francophone Studies: Contes francophones
  • FREN 3043 - Francophone Studies: Litterature migrante
  • HIST 3301 - Red, White, and Black: Race/Culture in Early America
  • HIST 3358 - Civil War and Reconstruction
  • SOC 2101 - Systems of Oppression
  • SOC 3121 - Sociology of Gender and Sexuality
  • SOC 3141 - Sociology of Deviance