African American Studies, Minor

Program Code: AFAMR_UMNR

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 18

Requirements for the Minor

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10.

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
AFAM 100NBlack Freedom Struggles Keystone/General Education Course3
AFAM/WMNST 101NAfrican American Women Keystone/General Education Course3
AFAM 110NIntroduction to African American Studies Keystone/General Education Course3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 9 credits from the following (at least 6 credits of AFAM courses must be at the 400 level):9
Women of the African Diaspora Keystone/General Education Course
Racism and Sexism Keystone/General Education Course
African Diaspora Religions and Spiritualities Keystone/General Education Course
The Life and Thought of Martin Luther King, Jr. Keystone/General Education Course
The Life and Thought of Malcolm X Keystone/General Education Course
Workshop: Theatre in Diverse Cultures Keystone/General Education Course
Freedom's First Generation: African American Life and Work, from the Civil War to World War II Keystone/General Education Course
Afro-American Studies Seminar
Racial and Ethnic Inequality in America
Spirit, Space, Survival: Contemporary Black Women
African American Theatre
Contemporary African American Communication
Black Liberation and American Foreign Policy
The Post-World War II Civil Rights Movement
Slavery and the Literary Imagination
Gender, Diversity and the Media Keystone/General Education Course
Race, Crime, and Justice
Economics of Discrimination
From Folk Shouts and Songs to Hip Hop Poetry
African American Autobiography
Race, Ethnicity and Culture Keystone/General Education Course

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

Liberal Arts Academic Advising
814-865-2545
Use the Liberal Arts Majors and Minors web page to see the contact information for the specific adviser(s) of this program

Abington

Roy Robson
Division Head, Division of Arts and Humanities
1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001
215-881-7466
rrr5237@psu.edu

Harrisburg

Beatrice Epwene
Assistant Teaching Professor of Communication
777 W. Harrisburg Pike
W356 Olmsted
Middletown, PA 17057
717-948-6189
bne5066@psu.edu

Career Paths

Graduates in African American Studies go on to pursue a wide-range of career paths including public policy, the law, medicine, public health, social work, criminal justice, social justice advocacy, transnational human rights, community-based organizing, higher education, environmental justice, arts/entertainment, or scholarly research in the social sciences and the humanities.

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Many students opt to pursue graduate degrees in African American Studies because they want to teach in African American Studies programs at the college or university-level, or they want to teach from a critical race theory perspective in traditional disciplines in the social sciences, humanities, law, medicine or other professional programs.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES
133 Willard Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-4243
jle1@psu.edu

http://www.afam.la.psu.edu

Abington

DIVISION OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES
1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001
215-881-7466
rrr5237@psu.edu

http://abington.psu.edu/minors-abington

Harrisburg

SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES
777 W. Harrisburg Pike
W356 Olmsted
Middletown, PA 17057
717-948-6189
bne5066@psu.edu