At which campus can I study this program?
Requirements for a minor may be completed at any campus location offering the specified courses for the minor. Students may not change from a campus that offers their major to a campus that does not offer their major for the purpose of completing a minor.
The Department of African and African American Studies awards a certificate to students who, in addition to meeting the requirements for a major, complete 18 credits in the African American Studies minor. This minor is designed for students interested in African American culture and the educational, social, political, and economic development of people of African descent in the United States. In particular, it provides students with the opportunity to explore the experiences of African Americans using theories and methods originating in the field. Students are made aware of the potential to apply such knowledge to the solution of social, political, and economic problems. The minor also promotes greater understanding of the relationship between African Americans and other ethnic groups.
What is African American Studies?
African American Studies is an intellectual field of inquiry that examines the history of people of African descent from the colonial period through the present; how systems of racial inequality are produced through state policy, traditional western scholarly disciplines, and popular discourse; and the social, political and cultural movements that black people have developed to identify and resist the unequal material and political conditions that shape black social life in the African Diaspora. The undergraduate major and minor provides a strong foundation in the key theoretical concepts in the discipline, the historical formation of African American Studies as an interdisciplinary field of study, and prepares students to apply what they have learned in the classroom, in independent research and in internships with social justice/service organizations.
You Might Like This Program If...
- You are passionate about learning more about the history, cultures, and political struggles of people of African-descent in the West.
- You are interested in understanding how racism operates structurally and shapes the social experiences and life chances of black communities.
- You want to study social, cultural, and political movements throughout the African Diaspora.
- You are interested in pursuing independent research or internships with non-profit, research, and community-based organizations committed to racial equity and social justice.
|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: Require a grade of C or better|
|AFAM 100||Living While Black: Themes in African American Thought and Experience||3|
|AFAM/WMNST 101||The African American Woman||3|
|AFR 110||Introduction to Contemporary Africa||3|
|Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better|
|Select 9 credits of the following: 1||9|
|Workshop: Theatre in Diverse Cultures|
|The Life and Thought of Malcolm X|
|Early African History|
|African American Theatre|
|Women of Color: Cross-Cultural Perspective|
|Racism and Sexism|
|African American Religions and Spirituality|
|The Life and Thought of Martin Luther King, Jr.|
|Freedom's First Generation: African American Life and Work, 1865 to World War II|
|Afro-American Studies Seminar|
|Racial and Ethnic Inequality in America|
|Spirit, Space, Survival: Contemporary Black Women|
|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|
|Race, Crime, and Justice|
|Economics of Discrimination|
|Ethnic Minorities and Schools in the United States|
|From Folk Shouts and Songs to Hip Hop Poetry|
|African American Autobiography|
|Race and Ethnic Relations|
At least 6 credits of AAAS courses must be at the 400 level.
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 need to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.
Liberal Arts Academic Advising
Division Head, Division of Arts and Humanities
1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001
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.
DEPARTMENT OF AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES
133 Willard Building
University Park, PA 16802
DIVISION OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES
1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001