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African American Studies Program Requirements

The 18-credit-hour minor consists of a required introductory course, black history and culture classes, and an elective related to the African American experience, chosen from a slate of multidisciplinary offerings.

Minor in African American Studies

Requirements

Introductory Course – 3 credits

  • AFAM 150D – P5 Introduction to African American Studies (3)

African American Historical Foundations – 3 credits

Choose ONE course from the following group:

  • HIST 103D – P3 The United States to 1865 (3)
  • HIST 104D – P3 The United States Since 1865 (3)

African American Cultural Expressions – 6 credits

Choose TWO courses from the following group:

  • AFAM 205P – From Bebop to Hip Hop (3)
  • AFAM 240 – CC The Struggle for Civil Rights (3)
  • AFAM 250 – CC Topics in African American Expressive Culture (3)
  • AFAM/REST 282P – Contemporary Issues and Challenges in the 21st Century Black Church (3)
  • AFAM 305P – P5 Black Thought in the 20th/21st Century (3)
  • AMST/WGST 237P – P3 Hope, Survival and Human Spirit: Theories of Resistance (3)
  • ENGL 220D – P1 Black Writers in U.S. (3)
  • ENGL 261C – Topics in Sexuality and Literature (3)*
  • ENGL 262P – CC Coming to America (3)*
  • ENGL 263C – P1 Topics in Literature and the Arts (3)*
  • ENGL 264D – P5 Topics in Literature and Politics (3)*
  • ENGL 335 – Studies in African American Literature (3)
  • ENGL 337 – Ethnic Literature (3)
  • REST/HIST 272P – CC Martin and Malcolm (3)
  • WGST 270 – P5 Gender and Culture (3)

Elective Course – 3 credits

Choose ONE course from the following (if not used in a prior category):

  • AFAM/REST 282P – Contemporary Issues and Challenges in the 21st Century Black Church (3)
  • AFAM 290D – Stride Toward Freedom: Afro-Rochester Leaders (3)
  • AFAM 304P – African American Images in Film (3)
  • AMST 210P – P3 American Experience (3)
  • AMST 273P – P5 American Social Justice (3)
  • ENGL 220D – P1 Black Writers in U.S. (3)
  • ENGL 261C – Topics in Sexuality and Literature (3)*
  • ENGL 262P – CC Coming to America (3)*
  • ENGL 263C – P1 Topics in Literature and the Arts (3)*
  • ENGL 264D – P5 Topics in Literature and Politics (3)*
  • ENGL 381 – The Rhetoric of Hate (3)
  • HIST 103D – P3 The United States to 1865 (3)
  • HIST 104D – P3 The United States Since 1865 (3)
  • ITDY 150P – P5 "Word Up!" Communicating in the 21st Century (3)
  • REST/HIST 272P – CC Martin and Malcolm (3)
  • SOCI 314 – U.S. Race Relations (3)

Senior Seminar - 3 credits

  • AFAM 450 – Seminar on African American Culture (3)

Total: 18 credits

*May be applicable depending on topic; consult with AFAM program director for approval.

Note: Courses may not be used for credit in the student’s major and the AFAM minor without permission of the minor program director. A grade point average of 2.00 is required for all courses taken in residence that may be applied to the minor.


Note: The information here is provided for informational purposes only. For exact requirements as well as course descriptions, visit the Undergraduate Catalog.