Minor in African American & African Diaspora Studies

MISSION

The foundation of the African American & African Diaspora Studies (AAADS) minor is critical race theory, in particular the premise that the construction of race and ethnicity is linked to systems of power and privilege influenced by social, historical and cultural processes.

Upon completion of the AAADS minor, you will be prepared to contribute to the creation of a more socially just world through your professional and civic efforts.

Student Learning Outcomes

Once you’ve finished the program, you will have the ability to:

  • Describe the history of the African diaspora and the impact of colonialism, global slave trade and segregation/apartheid on African Americans and other African diasporic communities.
  • Analyze the social construction of race and ethnicity and how their intersections with class, gender and other factors affect the aforementioned groups.
  • Apply interdisciplinary methods and theories appropriate to AAADS.
  • Demonstrate social justice practices informed by critical race theory.

Study Plan

To earn this minor, you'll complete 15 hours of designated AAADS work, including required and elective courses, the latter of which must be taken in at least two disciplines and include six hours of upper-division classes.

Required Courses:

  • AD 200: Introduction to Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Select one:
    • AN 317: Peoples and Cultures of Africa
    • HI 328: African American History
    • HI 329: The Civil Rights Movement or
    • HI 370: Modern Africa.

*Courses which may be applied to the minor:

  • AN 317: Peoples and Cultures of Africa
  • AR 309: Arts of Africa
  • HI 328: African American History
  • HI 329: The Civil Rights Movement
  • HI 370: Modern Africa
  • HS 450/HS650: Multicultural Issues
  • MM 360: Minorities and the Media
  • PY 395: Psychology of Social Power
  • SO 207: Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Approved directed readings or independent studies

*This list is not exhaustive. You can read course descriptions in the catalog.

Engage with the progrm

Create your study plan:

AAADS director, Mary Sundal

Mary Sundal, Professor and Chair of Sociology/Anthropology
Director, African American & African Dispora Studies
Henderson 218A, (785) 670-1608

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