African & African American Studies

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About the African and African American Studies Department

The African and African American Studies program is an interdisciplinary one. It is a comprehensive examination of the diversity of the experiences of people of Africa and the Africans diasporas. The program promises to provide students with an enriched and diverse curriculum that will encourage them to have a cosmopolitan view of the world, develop and appreciation of the role and centrality of Africa and its descendants to the shaping of the modern world.

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Students will explore the historical, social, cultural, political and economic realities of Africans, African Americans and people of African descent in the Caribbean and Latin America.

The main objective of the program is to provide students with a balanced and well-rounded view of the world.

While students doing any of the university’s majors are welcomed, the African and African American Studies minor is a formidable complement to liberal arts majors (Political Science, History, Sociology, English Literature and Economics) and all students who are considering careers in journalism, education, criminal justice, politics, law, business and diplomacy and many other fields of endeavor.

Requirements for the Minor

Students who minor in African and African –American Studies will take 21 credits or 7 courses. As explained below, 5 of these must come from the African American Studies program offerings and the remaining 2 courses can be selected from any of the departments/programs listed below.

Required Courses

  • AFRO 101 The African Diaspora
  • AFRO 108 African American History
  • AFRO 118 The Black Experience
  • AFRO 164 African Civilizations
  • AFRO 285 Modern Africa


Students are allowed to take 2 courses from the following list that will help to satisfy the requirements for the minor.


  • HIST 150 American History to 1865
  • HIST 152 American History since 1865
  • HIST 160 Introduction to Asian Civilization
  • HIST 166 Introduction to Asian Civilization

Latin American and Caribbean Studies

  • LATI 105 Studying Latin American, Caribbean and Latinos in the USA
  • LATI 202 Ethnicity, Racializing and Culture in Mexico and Central America

Music, Dance and Theatre

  • MDT 101 Survey of Music
  • MDT 104 Music of the World’s People

Political Science

  • POLI 120 Global Challenges
  • POLI 130 Debating Current Controversies

Sociology and Anthropology

  • SOCI 111 Principles of Sociology
  • SOCI 113 Social Problems
  • SOCI 121 Sociology of Families

Women and Gender Studies

  • WGST 103 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
  • WGST 110 Diversity in America
  • WGST 210 Black Womanhood
  • WGST 215 Men of Color in Urban America

We look forward to providing you with a world class social education that encompasses a broad appreciation of the social sciences and humanities.

Contact Us

Dr. Jermaine McCalpin, Chair
(201) 200-3527
George Karnoutsos Arts & Sciences Hall
Room 223

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