The African American and African Studies Major and Minor

The program in African American and African Studies offers two concentrations. Students may major or minor in African American Studies, or they may choose to major or minor in African Studies. They may also take a combination of courses from both concentrations.

Each concentration has its own set of requirements that majors and minors must fulfill. The African American and African Studies section of the catalogue offers specific information on credits and courses required for a major or a minor in the two concentrations.

The Major Concentration in African American Studies

In this concentration, students investigate and analyze the thoughts, experiences, and conditions under which people of African descent live in the United States. They explore how African Americans relate to one another, to other Americans, and to other people of African descent living in the Americas, Europe, and Africa. They seek to understand how blacks shape their lives in particular historical, social political-economic, and cultural contexts.

The Minor Concentration in African Studies

Students who undertake a concentration in African Studies investigate and analyze the thoughts, experiences, and conditions under which people of African descent live on the continent of Africa. They explore how Africans relate to one other within and across regions and nation-states and to people of African descent in the Diaspora. They seek to understand how Africans shape their lives in particular historical, social political-economic, and cultural contexts.