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African American and African Diaspora Studies (Minor)

Offered by the Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies Collaborative, College of Arts and Sciences, the minor in African American and African Diaspora Studies is a rigorous interdisciplinary program that examines African American culture in the continental United States in the context of the cultures of the African diaspora. The program provides students with an understanding of the rich history and cultures of African American peoples in the United States, with opportunities to explore contemporary and historical African cultures, theories of racial ideology and race politics, and the distinctive artistic, literary and cultural practices of African people worldwide.

Minor Requirements

  • 18 credit hours with grades of C or better, a minimum of 9 credit hours at or above the 300-level, and at least 12 credit hours unique to the minor

Course Requirements

Core (3 credit hours)

Foundation (3 credit hours)

Complete 3 credit hours from the following:

Electives (12 credit hours)

Complete 12 credit hours from the following or other courses approved by advisor, with 9 credit hours at or above the 300-level and at least 3 credit hours from each of the following areas:

Note: Courses should represent a mix of social sciences and the humanities, as well as courses both on African American culture and experience and on the analysis of race as a construct.

Social Sciences

Global Politics and Public Policy

Arts and Humanities

Program Contact

Faculty Advisor: Keith Leonard
Phone: 202-885-2961
Email: kdl@american.edu
Office: Battelle-Tompkins 229

Critical Race, Gender & Culture Studies Collaborative
Phone: (202)-885-2583
Email: crgc@american.edu
Office: Battelle-Tompkins T21

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