African American and Diaspora Studies

Undergraduate Minor



The Minor in African American and Diaspora Studies (AADS) is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary program that explores the experiences, ideas, and interactions of people of African descent within the political, economic, and cultural history of the United States and on a transnational and global level. The minor helps students chart new and different directions of critical inquiry about the contributions of African descendants to the ongoing process of human development in the local and global contexts. Through a variety of coursework and community involvement, AADS minors will have the motivation and technical skills to contribute to a more just and humane society.

Students witha minor in AADS will be prepared to pursue many and most professional careers.Some will enroll in graduate school in the areas of African American, Africana, or Diaspora Studies, literature, art, history, music, and sociology.Others will choose to excel in professions related to the fields of law, public policy, medicine,business, public health, and international and community development.

Students declaring the AADS minor are required to meet with the Director of the African American and Diaspora Studies Program to formulate a suitable plan of study.

The Minor in African American and Diaspora Studies consists of eighteen (18) hours. For the minor, students are required to complete twelve (12) hours of specified courses and six (6) hours of AADS courses. These courses may be taken from English, history, philosophy, psychology, music, or other disciplinary course offerings that are cross-listed with AADS. To receive credit for these courses students are required to register for these courses with the AADS prefix.

Specified courses:

AADS 2000               Introduction to African American History and Culture

AADS 2010               Introduction to African American Social Sciences

AADS 3020               Special Topics in African American and Diaspora Studies

AADS 3370               African Americans, Africa, and Pan-Africanism

Any student may select one of the above courses to satisfy the University requirement in African American and Diaspora Studies. For the student who minors in AADS, the remaining courses are required to fulfill the Minor.

A grade of "C" or better must be earned in all courses taken in the minor. It is strongly suggested that each student with a minor in AADS have knowledge of a language other than English.

For Program Information

Brian L. Turner, Ph.D.