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The minor in African American studies requires a minimum of 18 credits. Students must complete the following:

Course Title Hours
AFAM 111 Play VideoPlay course video for Introduction to Africana StudiesIntroduction to Africana Studies3
AFAM 201Theories and Foundations of Africana Studies3
AFAM 211Africana Social and Political Thought3
AFAM 311African Diaspora Experiences3
Select one course at the 300-level or above from two of the following concentration areas: 16
Artistic, historical and literary perspectives
Political, religious, and societal perspective
Social and behavioral perspectives

Refer to list of courses in the respective concentrations.

Courses in African American studies are designed to help students gain a knowledge and appreciation of the history and culture of the Africana world and its contributions to world civilizations.