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African American and Africana Studies

African American and Africana Studies (AAAS) minor is an interdisciplinary program that offers an introduction to the study of African intellectual heritages locally and globally. The AAAS minor and emphasis focus on the global links across the African diaspora, and examines the contributions of the African intellectual heritages as key components of American culture. Classes engage the entire African diaspora, including the study of Africa, African, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Asian, African American, and mixed-race cultures.

Because it is an interdisciplinary program, students pursuing African American and Africana Studies take courses in religion, English literature, English rhetoric, history, sociology, anthropology, political science, women and gender studies, the modern languages, education and more. With its emphasis on interdisciplinary study, AAAS minor encourages students to conduct research across disciplinary and departmental boundaries. AAAS provides academic and career advising, research training, leadership skills development, peer mentoring and local/global community learning opportunities and engagement, including study abroad for students.

Students who take advantage of these opportunities gain the skills and abilities to be effective leaders and responsible citizens in an increasingly culturally and ethnically diverse society.

African American and Africana Studies is a critical and scholarly engagement of African American and African Diasporic Life. The interdisciplinary discourse focuses on critical race theory, ethics, politics, religion, medicine, gender, history, language and literature.

Minor Requirements

The minor in African American and Africana Studies requires 18 credit hours, including:

  • Six (6) hours chosen from

AAAS 10103 Engaging Difference and Diversity in America

AAAS 20103 Introduction to African American Studies

ENGL 20593 Introduction to Literatures of the Global African Diaspora

  • Twelve (12) hours from courses that carry the AAAS attribute, from at least three different departments
  • No more than nine (9) hours may be taken throughout the minor program in any one department
  • At least nine (9) hours must be at the 30000 level or above

Emphasis Requirements

The emphasis in African American and Africana Studies requires 16 credit hours, including:

  • Six (6) hours chosen from

AAAS 10103 Engaging Difference and Diversity in America

AAAS 10203 Introduction to African American Studies

ENGL 20593 Introduction to Literatures of the Global African Diaspora

  • Select the remaining nine (9) hours from courses that carry the AAAS attribute from a at least three different departments.
Course Number Course Title TCU Core Curriculum Credit Hours
AAAS 10103 Engaging Difference and Diversity in America CA or CSV 3
AAAS 20103 Introduction to African American Studies 3
ADRN 20101 Make Your Major Work 1
ADRN 20103 Africa through Film CA, GA 3
CRJU 30853 Multiculturalism in the Criminal Justice System CA 3
CRJU 30903 Law and Society CSV, WEM 3
EDUC 50003 Diversity in American Education CA 3
ENGL 10133 Introduction to Literature LT, HUM 3
ENGL 20593 Introduction to Literatures of the Global African Diaspora GA, LT, HUM 3
ENGL 30573 African-American Literature CA, LT, WEM 3
ENGL 30733 Satire HUM 3
ENGL 40533 Toni Morrison WEM 3
HIST 10703 African American Experience Since 1619 HT, CA 3
HIST 30803 Recent U.S. Urban History : Race, Space and Community Activism CA, CSV 3
HIST 31903 Summer Study in Ghana CA, GA 3
HIST 40873 The Civil Rights Movement in America SSC, CA, CSV 3
HIST 41913 Afro-Latin America WEM 3
NURS 10403 Introduction to Health Disparities in African Americans CA 3
NURS 20403 Health Disparities in African Americans CSV 3
POSC 31523 The Civil Rights Movement in America SSC, CA, SCV 3
POSC 31623 Urban Politics CSV, SSC 3
POSC 35023 Comparative Social Movements SSC,  CA, GA 3
RELI 10043 Understanding Religion: Society and Culture RT, HUM 3
RELI 20503 Africa and the African Diaspora: History, Religion, and Culture HUM, RT 3
RELI 20513 Africa and the African Diaspora: History, Religion, and Culture HUM, RT 3
RELI 30343 Black Religion in United States 3
RELI 30553 African Religions 3
RELI 30813 Black Religion and Black Literature 3
RELI 35023 Caribbean Religions RT 3
SPAN 41803 Afro-Hispanic Literature 3
SOCI 30443 Social Movements and Protest 3
SOCI 40803 Social Inequality WEM 3
SOWO 30513 Social Work and Civil Rights SSC 3
SOWO 30583 Social Work and Diversity CA 3

Frederick Gooding Assistant Professor 817.257.7125 F.GOODING@tcu.edu Honors College
Melanie L. Harris Professor 817.257.6959 m.l.harris@tcu.edu Religion
M. Francyne Huckaby Professor and Associate Dean 817.257.4163 f.huckaby@tcu.edu Interdisciplinary Studies
Max Krochmal Associate Professor of History and Chair of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies 817.257.7315 m.krochmal@tcu.edu History
Brandon Manning Assistant Professor 817.257.6258 brandon.manning@tcu.edu English
Stacie McCormick Assistant Professor, Co-Director African American and Africana Studies Minor 817.257.6245 s.mccormick@tcu.edu

English
Darren J. N. Middleton John F. Weatherly Professor of Religion; Director, MLA Program 817.257.6445 d.middleton2@tcu.edu Religion
Claire Sanders Senior Instructor; Co-Director African American and Africana Studies Minor 817.257.6289 c.sanders@tcu.edu History
Alicia Smith-Tran Assistant Professor 817.257.7470 A.SMITHTRAN@tcu.edu

Sociology & Anthropology

AAAS Undergraduate Course Approval Form