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Minor in African American Studies

The Minor in African American Studies provides an interdisciplinary approach to the political, cultural, historical, and social experiences of African Americans in the United States. Research methods drawn from several disciplines enable students to enhance their understanding of African Americans’ unique social circumstances and heritage, and acquire a deeper comprehension of the politics, culture, and history of the nation as a whole.

All students pursuing a Minor in African American Studies must complete 18 semester credit hours, at least 12 hours of which must be at the upper-division level.

  1. 6 semester credit hours selected from the following required courses:

    AAS  2013  Introduction to African American Studies
    or
    AMS  2103  Introduction to African American Studies

    AAS  4013  Topics in African American Studies

  2. 3 semester credit hours selected from the following:

    AAS  3013  African American Modes of Expression
    AMS  3343  Studies in Race and Ethnicity
    ENG  3613  African American Literature
    POL  1213  Topics in Texas and American Politics: Civil Rights
    POL  3073  African American Politics
    POL  3083  Race and Ethnic Politics in the United States
    SOC 3043  Race and Ethnic Relations

  3. 9 semester credit hours selected from the following categories (i.e., 3 semester credit hours from categories 1, 2, and 3 below):

    1. 3 semester credit hours of politics, economy, or geography:

      GRG  1023  World Regional Geography (when subtitled “African American and African Focus” in class schedule)
      GRG  3213  Cultural Geography
      GRG  3513  Urban Geography
      POL   1213  Topics in Texas and American Politics: Civil Rights
      POL   3073  African American Politics
      POL   3083  Race and Ethnic Politics in the United States
      POL   3203  African American Political Thought
      POL   3303  Race, Ethnicity and Public Policy
      POL   3573  Politics of the Contemporary City

      Other course substitutions require pre-approval of the advisor and program director.

    2. 3 semester credit hours of history, law, or society:

      AMS  3343  Studies in Race and Ethnicity
      EDU  2103  Social Foundations for Education in a Diverse U.S. Society
      HIS   3133  Themes in the Social History of the United States
      HIS   3563  African American History to the Civil War
      HIS   3573  African American History since the Civil War
      HIS   3603  Occupation, Revolution and Nation in Africa
      HIS   3613  Migration, Society and Culture in Africa
      HIS   3623  History of the Civil Rights Movement
      LGS  3113  Blacks, Chicanos, and the Law
      POL  3023  Civil Liberties in American Law and Practice (when subtitled “Focus on the Black Experience” in class schedule)
      SOC  3043  Race and Ethnic Relations
      SOC  3383  Sociology of the African American Community

      Other course substitutions require pre-approval of the advisor and program director.

    3. 3 semester credit hours of expressive culture (literacy, cultural, and artistic practices):

      AAS  3013  African American Modes of Expression
      AMS  3343  Studies in Race and Ethnicity
      BBL  2033  Cultures of the Southwest
      BBL  3403  Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in a Pluralistic Society
      ENG  2383  Multiethnic Literatures of the United States
      ENG  3613  African American Literature
      ENG  4713  Topics in African American Literature
      MUS  2663  History and Styles of Jazz

      Other course substitutions require pre-approval of the advisor and program director.

Students may take the following courses under section C with approval of program director:

AAS 4913 Independent Study
AAS 4933 Internship in African American Studies

To declare a Minor in African American Studies, obtain advice, or seek approval of substitutions for course requirements, students should consult the College of Education and Human Development Advising and Certification Center.


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