African American and Africana Studies
The African American and Africana Studies (AAAS) minor program explores the social, cultural, spiritual, economic and political experiences and perspectives of the African Diaspora. With key focuses on the study of Black life within the United States, the global links across the African diaspora, and examining the contributions of the African intellectual heritages as key components of American culture and resistance. Classes engage the entire African diaspora, including the study of Africa, Afro-Latino/Afro-Caribbean, African-Native, Afro-Asian, African American, and other fusions and iterations of Black cultures.
With an emphasis on interdisciplinary study, the AAAS minor enables students to conduct research and synthesize new knowledge across disciplinary and departmental boundaries. The minor program provides academic and career advising, research training and mentorship, leadership skills development, peer mentoring and local/global community learning opportunities and engagement, including study abroad for students. Students who minor in AAAS will find that they are able to apply their newly gained knowledge, skills, and abilities masterfully across various fields and job sectors, which is vital in an increasingly culturally and ethnically diverse society.