Africana Studies Minor

The Africana Studies minor prepares compliments any major with basic information and an understanding about people of Africana descent to help encourage change for a more equitable society.

By adding a minor in Africana Studies, you will explore the life and culture of people of Africa and the African Diaspora from an interdisciplinary perspective. You will grow in understanding the significance of Black history, the beauty of Black creativity, the power of Black resistance, and a commitment to Black freedom.
This minor requires you to complete:

  • the credit hour requirements for the baccalaureate degree in effect when you were admitted to your home school
  • 15 credit hours in Africana Studies with a minimum grade of C in each course
  • the School of Liberal Arts online declaration form

Core Courses

For the minor, you take AFRO-A 140: Introduction to African American and African Diaspora Studies (3 credits), plus either AFRO-A 200: Research in African and African Diaspora Studies (3 credits) or AFRO-A 306: Globalization, Struggle, and Empowerment in the African Diaspora (3 credits).


In addition to the core courses, you may select from elective courses that are divided into three areas of concentration- Africa; Latin America and the Caribbean; and North America.

Africana Studies

  • AFRO-A 106: Perspectives from the African American Diaspora (3 credits)
  • AFRO-A 414: Seminar in African American and African Diaspora Studies:  Senior Capstone (3 credits)
  • AFRO-A 495: Independent Study (3 credits)
  • AFRO-A 499: Honors Thesis or Community Experience Internship (3 credits)


  • AFRO-A 152: Introduction to African Studies (3 credits)
  • AFRO-A 306: Globalization, Struggle, and Empowerment in the African Diaspora (3 credits)
  • ENG-L 382: Fiction of the Non-Western World: 20th Century African Literature (3 credits)
  • ENG- L 411: Literature and Society: South African Literature and Society (3 credits)
  • FREN-F 271: Cultures and Border Crossings (3 credits)
  • HIST-H 227: African Civilizations (3 credits)
  • HIST-H 421: Topics in African, Asian, or Latin American History: Peoples and Cultures of Africa or Modern Africa (3 credits)
  • POLS-Y 338: African Politics (3 credits)
  • REL-R 308: Arab Histories (3 credits)

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • ENG-L 245: Introduction to Caribbean Literature (3 credits)
  • ENG-L 406: Topics in African American Literature: Anglophone Caribbean Writers (3 credits)
  • ENG-L 406: Topics in African-American Literature: Caribbean Women Writers (3 credits)
  • FREN-F 371: Francophone African and Caribbean Literature (3 credits)
  • REL-R 328: Afro-Diasporic Religions (3 credits)

North America

  • AFRO-A 150: Survey Culture of Black Americans (3 credits)
  • AFRO-A 255: The Black Church in America (3 credits)
  • AFRO-A 303: Topics in African American Studies (3 credits)
  • AFRO-A 326: Race, Beauty and Popular Culture (3 credits)
  • AFRO-A 369: The African American Experience (3 credits)
  • ENG-L 370: Black American Writing (3 credits)
  • HIST-A 355: African-American History I (3 credits)
  • HIST-A 356: African-American History II (3 credits)
  • MUS-M 394: Black Music in America (3 credits)
  • MUS-Z 393: History of Jazz (3 credits)
  • POLS-Y 325: African American Politics (3 credits)
  • REL-R 363: African-American Religions (3 credits)
  • REL-R 370: Islam in America (3 credits)

More Information

Contact Dr. Patricia Turley, Faculty Mentor,