African-American Studies Program

The African-American Studies minor offers an interdisciplinary perspective on the collective histories, experiences, contributions and social conditions of African-Americans in the United States and abroad, beginning with African roots and the Diaspora. Courses in this program focus on the political, social, economic, scientific and religious discourses that have shaped African-Americans.

This program will integrate research and scholarship while enabling students to explore theories and methods that will enhance their awareness of race relationships, African-American culture and African-American issues. Additionally, the program will help students to better prepare themselves for professional endeavors, especially in such areas as health care, education, public service and business. Students will have a better understanding of the diverse populations that many may serve in their careers. In addition to academic course work, the African-American Studies program sponsors public events throughout the year. These include panel discussions, lectures and film screenings.

Faculty

The African-American Studies program draws upon the expertise of faculty in many academic departments and schools within the University. These faculty offer courses appropriate to the scholarly study of African-American history, experience, contribution and conditions.

Requirements and Curriculum

The minor consists of 18 credit hours (six courses). Courses taken for the minor must have an African-American or African context. At least one course must be taken from each of the listed three thematic areas (African context, African-American focus and race in America).

The following course is required and should be taken prior to, or in conjunction with, other approved African-American courses: AAS 101 Introduction to African-American Studies.

The following courses may be taken to fill the thematic area requirements, each of which are 3 credit-hour courses:

African Context

African-American Focus

Race in America

Additional Courses

Special topic courses relevant to African-American Studies may be included in the minor. Please consult Self-Service using the course type "African-American Studies" to find additional courses approved for the minor. Contact the program director for more information about program requirements.

Administration

Dr. Michael Clark
Faculty Director
Email: aas@sxu.edu

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