Coordinators: Leslie Patrick, T. Joel Wade
The African-American experience is directly and inextricably embedded in the history and culture of the United States. As an interdisciplinary field, African-American Studies is concerned with the systematic investigation of the history, culture, political economy, literature, art, and languages of people of African descent in the United States and their contributions to the United States and to the world. The African-American Studies minor is a way of educating all students about black experiences and developing in them an understanding and appreciation of the life and history of peoples of African ancestry in the United States and thus move toward a more comprehensive view of life and history in the United States generally.
By offering students opportunities to gain knowledge of this history and experience, an African-American Studies minor affirms black identity and heritage, fosters understanding, respect, and appreciation of diversity, and better prepares students for life in a multicultural society.
The interdisciplinary structure of the African-American Studies minor offers students directed toward the professions and graduate schools an opportunity to satisfy the increasingly rigorous expectations of admissions committees and prospective employers for a broad liberal arts perspective that complements specialized knowledge. African-American Studies provide a background for those considering careers in education, journalism, law, business management, public service, psychology, social work, and literature.
The interdepartmental minor in African-American Studies consists of five courses that must be taken in three different disciplines. A minimum of four courses must be selected from the following list. In consultation with the coordinators of the minor, students may count one course from either the African Studies or Caribbean Studies list.
ENGL 209: Modern American Literature: Contemporary African-American Literature
ENGL 210: African-American Poetry and Poetics
ENGL 213: Special Topics in American Literature: The African-American Experience
ENGL 217: Studies in Dramatic Literature: 20th-century African-American Drama and Theatre
ENGL 219: Studies in Selected American Authors: The Novels of Toni Morrison
ENGL 219: Studies in Selected American Authors: Art of Darkness
ENGL 221: African-American Literature
ENGL 221: Twenty-first-century African-American Novels
ENGL 286: The Modern Novel: African-American Novel
ENGL 311: Twenty-first-century American Slave Narratives
ENGL 321: Seminar in African-American Literature: Black Women Writers
HIST 121: Introduction to African-American History I
HIST 122: Introduction to African-American History II
HIST 218: African-Americans and the American Revolution
HIST 219: Antebellum America: Slavery and Slave Narratives
HIST 223: Twentieth-century African-American History: Eyes on the Prize
HIST 319: African-American History Seminar
LING 210: Language and Race
PSYC 233: Black Psychology
PSYC 373: Psychology of Race and Gender
SOCI 213: Race in Historical and Comparative Perspectives
SOCI 280: Twentieth-Century Afro-Caribbean and African-American Thought