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African American and African Diaspora Studies Minor

African American and African Diaspora Studies (Minor)

The minor in African American and African Diaspora Studies is a rigorous interdisciplinary program that examines African American culture in the continental United States in the context of the cultures of the African diaspora. The program provides students with an understanding of the rich history and cultures of African American peoples in the United States, with opportunities to explore contemporary and historical African cultures, theories of racial ideology and race politics, and the distinctive artistic, literary and cultural practices of African people worldwide.

Minor Requirements

  • 18 credit hours with grades of C or better with at least 12 credit hours unique to the minor and at least 9 credit hours at the 300-level or above

Course Requirements


One of the following:

12 credit hours in two of the following three areas:

African American and African History; Global Politics of Race and Ethnicity; and Identity, Culture, and Representation.

Courses should represent a mix of social sciences and the humanities. Topics courses, independent study, internship, and study abroad, or other applicable courses not listed below, must be approved by the advisor.

African American and African History

Global Politics of Race and Ethnicity

Identity, Culture, and Representation

Program Contact

Faculty Advisor: Keith Leonard
x2961 kdl@american.edu

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For Spring 2016

This list does not preclude other courses from counting. Please contact Prof. Leonard (kdl@american.edu) if you want to count a course not on this list. This list is meant only as a place to start. Be sure to get official approval of your course plans.

For current class offerings, times, and additional information, visit the Office of the Registrar.

African American and African Diaspora Studies Minor
Some Approved Courses, Spring 2016

AMST-320.003: Black/Gay Experience in America W 2:35-5:15

ANTH-210.001: Roots of Racism TF 8:55am-10:10am

ANTH-210.002: Roots of Racism TF 4:00-5:15pm

ENVS-396.001: Environmental Issues in Sub-Saharan Africa TH 10:20-11:35am

GOVT-423.001 Politics of the Civil Rights Movement TH 11:45-2:25pm

HIST-209.001: African American History 1877-present TF 10:20am-11:35am

HIST-305.001: Race and Incarceration W 8:55am-11:35am

HIST-453.001: Civil War and Reconstruction MTH 2:35-3:50

IDIS-210.001: Contemporary Multi-Ethnic Voices TF 2:35-3:50pm

LIT-225.001: African Literature TF 8:55am-10:10am

LIT-235.001: African American Literature TF 2:35-3:50pm

PERF-225: African American Experience in the Performing Arts 

PERF-321: Evolution of Jazz and the Blues MTH 1:10-2:25pm

SISU-211: Civilizations of Africa 8:55am-11:35am

Other SIS courses are available but they have prerequisites.