The African-American studies minor is an interdisciplinary program requiring twenty-four (24) credits drawns from a combination of disciplines: history, anthropology, English, sociology, geography, economics, and political science.

African-American Studies Core Courses

  • AAS/HSTA 141HX Black: Africa to Hip-Hop and Beyond, An introduction (formerly Introduction to African-American Studies)
  • AAS/HSTA 342H African-American History to 1865
  • AAS/HSTA 343H African-American History since 1865


AAS Courses

 6 credits required from the following electives, 3 of which must be in an upper division course (i.e. 300 or 400 level):

  • AAS 191 Special Topics 
  • AAS 208H Discovering Africa
  • AAS 260 African Americans and Native Americans
  • AAS/HSTA 262 Abolitionism: The First Civil Rights Movement
  • AAS 291 Special Topics
  • HSTA 327 Atlantic World Slavery
  • AAS 372 African-American Identity
  • AAS/HSTA 347 Voodoo, Muslim, Church: Black Religion
  • AAS 391 Special Topics
  • AAS/HSTA 415 The Black Radical Tradition
  • AAS/HSTA 417 Prayer and Civil Rights
  • AAS 491 Special Topics
  • AAS 493 Omnibus

Other Disciplines

9 credits required from the following courses. At least two of the courses must be from different disciplines:


  • ANTY 122S Race and Minorities
  • ANTY 349 Social Change in Non-Western Societies
  • ANTY 330X Peoples and Cultures of the World


  • ECNS 217X Economic Development


  • LIT 343 African-American Literature
  • LIT 420 Critical Theory


  • GPHY 243X Africa


  • HSTR 262 Islamic Civilization: The Classical Age
  • HSTA 361 The American South: From Slavery to Civil Rights
  • HSTA 382H History of American Law
  • HSTA 418 Women and Slavery
  • HSTA 419 Southern Women in Black and White

Modern Languages

  • FRCH 339 Survey of African Cinema


  • MUSI 130L History of Jazz

Political Science

  • PSCI 326 Politics of Africa


  • SOCI 220S Race, Gender and Class
  • SOCI 325 Social Stratification
  • SOCI 443 Sociology of Poverty

Exit Interview

All minors must meet with the AAS coordinator to discuss their experience and primary learning from the program prior to graduation.

Honors Designation

Students may elect to achieve an honors designation by writing a twenty-five-page research paper in which they develop an argument based on their class learning about a fundamental problem in the study of the African-American experience as part of a three-credit independent study.