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2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

African and African American Studies Minor

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College of Arts and Sciences

Interdisciplinary Program

African and African American Program Information

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The African and African American Studies Program promotes the awareness and understanding of issues related to peoples of African descent. Drawing upon the broad resources of the university, the program offers and coordinates a variety of co-curricular and extracurricular activities. It encourages regular course offerings on both African and African American topics in a number of departments. A multidisciplinary faculty committee oversees the work of the program. An effort is made to consult with interested students to ensure that the activities and course offerings are responsive to students’ needs.

Because of its great flexibility, the program serves as an attractive option for students in a wide variety of majors. In consultation with an African and African American Studies advisor, students may plan a course of study in the AFAM minor which will complement their majors, enhance their employment skills, and enrich the knowledge gained in their university studies.

African and African American Studies Minor: 21 Credit Hours

A minor is a secondary area of study outside of the major program of study with a structured curriculum composed of at least 18 semester credit hours of which at least 9 hours must be at the 3000-level or above. 

A minor in African and African American studies requires the completion of 21 hours of coursework, including the following:


* The additional (9) nine credit hours of upper-division coursework must be approved by an advisor. At least (3) three credit hours must be in African studies and (3) three credit hours must be in African American studies.

Appropriate classes, including special topics and independent study courses, may be taken in any field; however, no courses counting toward the student’s major may be counted toward satisfying the minor’s requirements.

A Partial Listing of Courses in African and African American Studies

Course information below is listed in order of course number, course title, and credit hours.

African and African American Studies: 12 Credit Hours

Art: 3 Credit Hours

Criminal Justice and Criminology: 3 Credit Hours

Music: 3 Credit Hours

Sociology and Anthropology: 6 Credit Hours

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