African & African American Studies Minor
Originally called the Afro-American Studies Program, this program developed out of the Civil Rights Movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Conceived as an interdisciplinary program, it drew faculty principally from the College of Liberal Arts. The program initially was offered as a concentration requiring 42 units. However, in 2002, the African American Advisory Committee re-examined the program, and the high number of requirements, and decided to reduce the required units to 21, changing the concentration to a minor. Simultaneously, it expanded its scope and title to African and African American studies. The objective was to attract more students and broaden its curriculum to the African Diaspora, thereby including courses on continental Africa and the Caribbean, in addition to North America.
Why Study African and African American Studies?
The African and African American studies minor offers students the opportunity to study, in-depth, the historical and social experiences and cultural contributions of Africans and people of African descent in a global perspective. It also provides a critical perspective on race in American Society. An interdisciplinary program concentrating mainly in the humanities, the curriculum of the African and African American studies minor offers students the opportunity to customize their course work by exploring a range of subjects in various disciplines. Students must complete 21 units for the minor.
Internships & Careers
The program offers research and writing skills for careers in:
- criminal justice
- social work
- public health
- museum and archival work
- internal relations
In the past, students minoring in African and African American Studies have completed internships at the Howard County Center of African American Culture, Columbia, Maryland. For additional information about internships and careers please visit the Towson University Career Center. You may also contact the director of African and African American Studies.
Resources for Students
TU Student Organizations
- African American Student Development Program
- African Diaspora Club
- Black Student Union
- Caribbean Student Association
National and Maryland Resources
- Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture
- The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, Baltimore, Maryland
- Howard County Center of African American Culture
Associations and Professional Organizations
- National Association of African-American Studies
- Association of Black Psychologists
- Black Writers' Guild of Maryland
- Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc.
Departments and Institutes
- Africana Studies, New York University
- Institute for Research in African-American Studies, Columbia University
- W.E.B. DuBois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Harvard University
- Cornell University Africana Studies and Research Center
- Howard University Moorland-Springarn Research Center
- Yale University African American Studies
View minor requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog.