Minor in African American Studies

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The African American Studies Program provides individuals of all backgrounds a humanistic lens and course of study for analysis of the Black experience. Research, teaching, and related academic and social activities focus on African American history and culture and attendant complexities of "race" relations in Texas, the American Southwest, the nation, and the Diaspora. The program's curriculum centers on the African American experience as it relates primarily to past, present, and future issues of

  1. economic and business development
  2. leadership and service
  3. changing family structures and values
  4. gender politics
  5. the rapidly changing world of science and technology
  6. the importance of these issues in the local and global consciousness and behavior of African Americans and others of African descent.

Students explore these issues using the interdisciplinary approach, comparative methodology, and computer literacy to acquire the critical thinking skills and knowledge for leadership, involvement in community development, preparation for graduate school, and to meet the personal and professional challenges of the 21st century.

Students minoring in African American Studies and mastering the subject matter acquire empowering knowledge and self-awareness with respect to race and ethnicity. They are equipped intellectually to become better citizens in their towns, cities, nations, and global communities based on their understanding and problem-solving abilities when faced with the damaging and debilitating manifestations of bigotry, segregation, and other discordant "isms." Those seeking employment as teachers, ministers, engineers, scientists, musicians, athletes, aviators, scholars, public servants, social workers, filmmakers, and military personnel will find the African American Studies Program an excellent complement to their major course of study.

To earn a minor in African American Studies, students are required to complete three core courses. With the permission of the director of the African American Studies Program and the chair of the relevant department, the student can substitute an independent study course for Topics in African American Studies. If the option is selected, the student is strongly encouraged to do an independent study course in some aspect of local, regional, state, national, or global history impacting on the past or present lives of African Americans or their endeavors to envision new societal changes or improvements.

The final three courses for completion of the minor can be selected from the vast variety of General Courses that are listed below, provided that at least six (6) hours are at the upper-division (3300-4300) level. The student is urged, however, to select at least one course that will combine both the major and minor fields of study to address a pertinent and pressing praxis problem in the history of African Americans or those of African descent; their interactions with other groups (Asians, Native Americans, Hispanics, or Anglos); or a national or global aspect of contemporary "race" relations issues. The student can also earn three (3) credits by designing a practicum course that permits him or her to do field work in the community, nation, or a foreign country using cognitive skills, comparative methodologies, or theoretical perspectives acquired while minoring in African American Studies.

To earn a minor in African American Studies, students are required to complete the following courses:

Degree Plan

Required Courses:
AFST 2300Intro-African Amer Studies3
AFST 2301Theories-African Amer Studies3
AFST 3390Topics in African/Amer Studies3
Select three courses, with at least two being upper-division9
The courses below are recommended but not required; students may choose from full course listing to satisfy electives
African Ame Lead of the 20 Cen
The Modern Civil Rights Mov
Afr Ame Wom&the Black Free Mov
Total Hours18


AFST 4390Spc Top-African American Stud3
BIOL 1303Introductory Biology (C)3
BIOL 1304Human Biology3
COMM 1301Public Speaking3
COMM 3355Organizational Communication3
COMM 4352Contemporary Rhetoric3
CRIJ 1301Intro to Criminal Justice I3
CRIJ 3308Juvenile Justice3
CRIJ 3313Criminology3
CS 1310Intro-Computational Thinking3
ECED 4353Play Develop in Early Child3
ECED 4359Child Thinking In Early Yrs3
ECON 3367Economic Development3
ENGL 3360Women in Literature3
ENGL 4340Advanced Literary Studies3
HIST 3309Mexican-American History3
HIST 3313American Military History3
HIST 3323American Indian History3
HIST 3325Hist Immigration/Ethnicity US3
HIST 3337Modern Africa3
HIST 3339Pyramids & Prophets3
HIST 3346Central America and Caribbean3
HSCI 2303Wellness Dynamics3
HSCI 3304Health Perspectives in Aging3
HSCI 3305Substance Abuse3
HSCI 3307Death, Dying and Bereavement3
HSCI 4303Family Life & Human Sexuality3
KIN 1303Foundations of Kinesiology3
KIN 3318Growth, Mature, Early Child3
LING 2320An Intro. to Linguistics3
LING 3357Sociolinguistics3
NURS 3319Cult Perspectives on Hlth Care3
NURS 3330Contem Nsg Appr to End of Life3
PHIL 2306Ethics3
PHIL 3313American Philosophy3
PHIL 3325Social Philosophy3
POLS 3314Ethnicity & Race In Amer Pol3
POLS 3321Civil Rights & Liberties3
PSYC 2302Social Psychology3
PSYC 2305Psychology of Human Sexuality3
RS 3310Major World Religions3
SOCI 3306Cultural Diversity3
SOCI 3327Social Inequality3
SOWK 2310Intro-Social Work/Soci Welfare3
SOWK 3345SOWK/Aging: Cross Cultl Persp3
SOWK 3346Process of Addiction: Cultural3
THEA 3335Contemp Hispanic Thea & Drama3
WS 2300Introduction to Womens Studies3