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The minor in African, African American, and Diaspora Studies (AAAD) broadens students' world perspectives by enhancing their acquaintance with and understanding of the peoples, the issues of identities, and the institutions of Africa and the African Diaspora. The AAAD program engages cross disciplinary approaches to understand and to encounter Africa and the African Diaspora in a global context. The cross disciplinary character of the program is further enhanced by the fact that courses taken to fulfill program requirements are drawn from several departments. From these course offerings, students will examine and engage with the key contributing disciplines, concepts, methods, and topics in African, African American, and Diaspora Studies.

The African, African American, and Diaspora Studies minor requires:

  • Successful completion of 19 credit hours according to the requirements listed below
  • No more than nine hours from a single discipline

Choose five, one of which must be at the 400 level: 15 Credit Hours


1 Course topic and content must focus on the peoples of Africa and/or the African Diasporas as well as be approved by the program coordinator(s).
Research must have an African and/or African Diaspora focus.

Additional Information

Other appropriate courses not listed above may be considered for the minor. Consult with program coordinator(s). Students are also encouraged to participate in travel or study programs to Africa, the Caribbean and other relevant areas. Students who want to earn credit hours through participation in an accredited travel/study program are encouraged to do so with prior approval of the coordinator(s). Courses that may count toward the minor with the coordinator(s) approval include:

ARTH 320: Travel Study in Art History1

EDUC 310: Teaching in a Diverse Society

ELED 310: Diversity in Elementary Education with Service Learning

ENG 239: Studies in World Literature1

ENG 359: Studies in African American Literature

ENG 385: Special Topics in Film Study1

ENG 410: Advanced Studies in Author1

ENG 423: Advanced Studies in Gender and Sexuality in Literature1

ENG 431: Advanced Studies in Caribbean Literature

ENGR 480: Advanced Projects in Engineering1

ENGR 498: Advanced Topics in Engineering1

HRD 201: Leadership Styles Theory and Application1

IDLS 391: Study Abroad1

ISAT 480: Topics in Integrated Science & Technology1

GEOG 491: International Studies1

JUST 301: Special Topics in Justice Studies1

JUST 328: Race, Class and Justice

REL 490: Special Topics in Religion1

POSC 371: Topics in Comparative Politics1, 2

SCOM 395: Communication Studies Abroad Seminar1

SOWK 487: Special Topics in Social Work1

THEA 303: Topics in Theater1

WGSS 495: Special Topics in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies1


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