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African American Studies

The minor in African American Studies provides an interdisciplinary investigation of the experiences, conditions, origins, accomplishments and contributions of people of African ancestry in the United States. Students may deepen their appreciation and understanding of African Americans by studying their earlier history in Africa, their transition to the New World and their diasporic experiences in other parts of the world.

The African American Studies program is comprised of more than 20 courses offered through nearly 10 departments and programs within the USA College of Arts and Sciences. The minor in African American Studies takes advantage of those characteristics of the African American experience that make it uniquely valuable for serious academic study and teaching, for it exposes students to the diversity and unity of the African American experience as well as to the similarities and differences among the cultures of Africa.


Fall 2022 African American Studies Courses

  • African American Studies 101: Introduction to African American Studies (Dr. Kern Jackson)
  • Art History 250: African Art (Dr. Laura Wilson Roberts)
  • Gender Studies 290: Special Topics: Moving Beyond Diversity (Dr. Betty Trout-Kelly)
  • Gender Studies 290: Special Topics: Black Women & Activism (Dr. Betty Trout-Kelly)
  • History 362: History of Africa Since 1500
  • History 377: African American Experiences
  • History 477: The Old South (Dr. Henry McKiven)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies 320: Cultural Competency
  • LG 336: Introduction to Textual Analysis of Hispanic Literature (Dr. Matthew Pettway)
  • Philosophy/Criminal Justice 331: Constitutional Law (Dr. Chris Galanos, Dr. John Gordon Roach)
  • Psychology 270: The Psychology of Black Experience (Dr. Demetrius R. Smith)
  • Political Science 340: Race, Gender, & Politics (Dr. Corina S. Schulze)
  • Sociology 220: Marriage & the Family (Dr. Susan Yvette DeLoach)
  • Sociology 315: African American Families (Dr. Roma Hanks)
  • Sociology 435: Health Disparities/Life Span (Dr. Hosik Min)