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.
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.
The program offers research and writing skills for careers in:
View minor requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog.