African and African American Studies  (Minor)

Explore the culture and history of African-descended peoples with a dynamic group of faculty from a wide variety of backgrounds. Students with this minor frequently go into areas such as law, business and medicine.

Program Description

The minor program in African and African American studies examines the culture, arts, history, politics, economics and current status of African Americans, Africans and the African Diaspora, especially in the Caribbean, Central America and South America. The goal is to prepare students for lifelong learning, advanced study in a variety of fields, and successful careers and productive public service in an increasingly diverse society.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No

Contact Information

School of Social Transformation | WILSN 125 | 480-965-7682

Program Requirements

GPA Requirement: None

Incompatible Majors: BA in African and African American studies

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Students interested in pursuing a minor should consult their academic advisor to declare the minor and to ensure that an appropriate set of courses is taken. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and the minor. Students should contact their academic advisor for more information.

Enrollment Requirements

Students will be required to complete 18 credit hours. Six credits will be from the required core list and the remaining 12 elective credit hours will be selected from the program prefix, AFR :

Required Core Course:
AFR 200 Introduction to Africana Studies, SB, G, H (3)

Elective Core Course: (3 credit hours; select one course)
AFR 300 Precolonial Africa, SB, G, H (3)
AFR 301 Race and Racism in Africa/African Diaspora, SB, G (3)
AFR 302 History of Black Women in America, SB, H (3)
AFR 305 The Global History of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, SB, H (3)

Elective Courses:
The remaining 12 credit hours will be completed by selecting courses not taken to fulfill the six required hours and will be selected from the program prefix AFR.

At least 12 of the 18 credit hours must be upper-division courses (300 level or higher). All courses must have a "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) grade or higher. No course may be used to satisfy more than one requirement in the minor.

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

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