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. || Learn More || Important Figures
The interdepartmental African studies minor gives an understanding of Africa's rich heritage, diversity and role in the world today, and contributes an international focus to a liberal arts education. It consists of five courses chosen from the list below. Students must take at least three core courses, and they may choose any two other courses from the list below. If possible, at least one course should be related to the student's major. In consultation with the coordinators of the minor, students may include an Africa-related course from the African-American or Caribbean studies list. In general, there are no prerequisites for the courses on the African studies minor list. || Learn More
Students may choose an interdepartmental black studies minor in one of three areas: African studies, African-American studies, or Caribbean studies. || Learn More
The Caribbean studies minor is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the Caribbean region that moves beyond stereotypes and exoticism. In the various courses offered, students are able to explore the complexities of the region's economy and various economic organizations, its culture, society, geo-political significance, and literature. || Learn More
The minor in race and ethnicity studies takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of race and ethnicity. What do these categories of difference mean? How have they been defined, constructed, and applied in different historical and socio-cultural contexts? How do they intersect or overlap with other aspects of difference (e.g., gender, class, nation, sexuality, religion)? Exploring these questions with analytical tools and approaches developed in a range of academic disciplines, the minor leads to a critical examination of the construction of race and ethnicity in a variety of social, cultural, historical, political, and economic contexts. || Learn More || View Approved Course List for Race and Ethnicity Studies Minor
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