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African American Studies Minor

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  • Program Type: Undergraduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2014
  • Required credits in this minor: 24
African American experience and culture are central to American experience and culture. The African American studies minor allows students of all racial and ethnic identities to concentrate on African American issues and to integrate their understanding of those issues into the broader context of American and African history and culture. The minor offers an interdisciplinary and interdivisional curriculum that enables students to explore a variety of intellectual approaches and to make methodological and thematic connections and comparisons among those several approaches. Objectives--The objectives of the African American studies minor are to * familiarize students with the variety, depth, and significance of African Americans' contributions to American culture; * enable students to see and appreciate the many African American points of view of history, society, politics, literature, art, and music; * help students connect the African American experience to the broader context of Africa and the African diaspora; * develop students' understanding of the nature of race and the dynamics of race and racism, particularly in the United States; and * give students a grasp of some of the methodological and intellectual approaches to a broad and multifaceted area of study.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Courses for the minor may not be taken S-N unless offered S-N only. No grades below C- are allowed. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in the minor to graduate. The GPA includes all, and only, University of Minnesota coursework. Grades of "F" are included in GPA calculation until they are replaced.
Minor Requirements
Students must take a minimum of 24 credits in at least three different disciplines. At least 16 of the 24 credits must be devoted to primarily African American content.
Courses with PRIMARILY African American content
Take 16 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ARTH 3241 - African American Art [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2041 - Introduction to African American Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3331 - African American Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3332 - African American Women Writers [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3522 - Harlem Renaissance [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4033 - Research Seminar: Ralph Ellison, Richard Wright, and J. Saunders Redding [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3356 - Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1974 [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3251 - African Americans [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 3687 - Seminar: Afro-Hispanic Literature and Culture [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
Courses with PARTIAL African American content
Take at most 8 credit(s) from the following:
· ENGL 3301 - U.S. Multicultural Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4017 - Research Seminar: Tricksters-Conjurers in American Indian and African American Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 1311 - Sub-Saharan Francophone Cinema [IP] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3602 - Francophone Studies: Francophone Worlds [IP] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3603 - Francophone Studies: Contes francophones [IP] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3605 - Francophone Studies: Le Cinema du Maghreb [IP] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3606 - Francophone Studies: Sub-Saharan Francophone Cinema [IP] (4.0 cr)
· GWSS 3001 - Troubling Genders in African Cinema [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 2352 - The U.S. 1960s [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3304 - Race, Class, and Gender in American History [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3358 - Civil War and Reconstruction [HIST] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 2101 - Systems of Oppression [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3121 - Sociology of Gender and Sexuality [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3124 - Sociology of Law [SS] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3141 - Sociology of Deviance [E/CR] (4.0 cr)
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