African American and Africana Studies

Professors Novack, Oboler, Schroeder; Associate Professors Keita (Interim Coordinator), Shuru; Assistant Professors  Jones, Nixon, Rice.

The African American and Africana Studies program provides an opportunity to study the experiences of people of African descent in the African Diaspora (including Latin America), the United States, and Africa. This program explores the human, cultural, social, political, and historical factors that have affected the experiences of African American and Africana people.

Requirements for Minors

A minor concentration in African American and Africana Studies consists of 20 credits including a 4-credit introductory course, AAAS-200. The courses in the minor deal with aspects of the African American and African Diasporic experiences as they have been framed by the peoples concerned and represented by others. In addition to AAS-200, students must take at least four courses from the following electives, with no more than 2 courses from a single department: ANTH-242, ECON-110, ENGL-222, FREN-203, FREN-252, HIST-222, HIST-223, HIST-323, HIST-329, HIST-331, HIST-362, MCS-340, MCS/GWMS 319, POL-316, POL-399L, RELS 225, SOC-255, SOC-258 or SOC-259, AMST-200. ENGL 212, IR400W, POL 315, POL-399, SOC-110, SOC-245, SOC-275, and/or SPAN-440W may also fulfill this elective requirement when the topic is appropriate and with prior approval from the AAAS coordinator.

Courses

AAAS-200. Issues in African American and Africana Studies Faculty

This is an interdisciplinary, introductory course for the African American and Africana studies program. This discussion-oriented course is designed to integrate the diverse concentrations of the discipline. It will cover the history of the field, and the role and contributions of various disciplines. This course also examines the variables and dimensions of African-American and African Diasporic experiences. Three hours per week. Four semester hours. (H,D)

AAAS-380. Internship Faculty

An off-campus academic/work experience under the supervision of an internship adviser and an on-site supervisor. Contact the AAAS coordinator for further details. Prerequisites: AAAS-200, junior standing, and approval of a faculty internship adviser. 120 hours. Three semester hours. (I.)

AAAS-381. Internship Faculty

An off-campus academic/work experience under the supervision of an internship adviser and an on-site supervisor. Contact the AAAS coordinator for further details. Prerequisites: AAAS-200, junior standing, and approval of a faculty internship adviser. 160 hours. Four semester hours. (I.)

AAAS-491W. Independent Research. Faculty

This course is open to candidates for honors of junior/senior status who have completed at least 16 credits in the minor upon consultation with the AAAS coordinator and the student’s faculty adviser and formation of an interdisciplinary faculty committee of three persons. 

AAAS-492W. Independent Research. Faculty

A continuation of AAAS-491W. Pre-requisite: AAAS-491W.