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African and African Diaspora Studies Minor

Bottle trees An interdisciplinary minor, AADS is an integrative program that compasses study both of Africa and its peoples and of the dispersal of Africans to Europe and the Americas through forced migration and voluntary immigration. Accordingly, students may choose one of the two tracks: one that focuses on Africa (Track 1) and the other on the African Diaspora, primarily in the New World (Track 2). The minor requires students to complete 4 courses from one of the two tracks. A broad choice of courses is offered, making it possible to adapt the minor to a variety of major programs in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts.

Africa and African Diaspora Studies Minor requirements:

(18 semester hours)

  • IDIS 391, Seminar in African and African Diaspora Studies (capstone)
  • Four courses from one of the tracks listed below
  • One additional course from the opposite track

Other courses, including on-campus or off-campus Interim courses, may be counted toward the minor requirements with the approval of a program advisor. No more than one language instruction course, and no more than two interim courses, may be counted toward the requirements for the minor.

Track 1: Africa

  • Art History 245: African and Oceanic Art
  • Geography 242: African Geography
  • History 242: Africa and the World
  • English 300: Advanced World Literature
  • French 362: Francophone Literature and Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Diaspora
  • French 363: Francophone Literature and Culture in North Africa
  • Philosophy 226: African Thought and Culture
  • Political Science 279: African Politics

The following courses offered through the Semester in Ghana program:

  • STGH 217: West African Literature and Drama
  • STGH 280: Government and Development in Africa
  • STGH 312: Culture of People in Ghana and West Africa

Track 2: African Diaspora

  • History 255: African American History
  • English 225: African American Literature
  • French 362: Francophone Literature and Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Diaspora
  • French 363: Francophone Literature and Culture in North Africa
  • Sociology 252: African Diaspora in the Americas
  • Sociology 303: Anthropology of Religion
  • Spanish 370: Advanced Cultural Topics (when appropriate)