African American Studies
Coordinator: Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of History Cheryl Greenberg
The African American studies minor is designed to provide students an overview of the history, cultural traditions, and
political experiences of African Americans in the United States. The minor consists of one course in each of four required
disciplines, one elective at the intermediate level or above, and an integrating exercise of a senior-level seminar or
independent project. All courses must be approved in advance by the coordinator. All other course requirements should be
completed before embarking on the integrating exercise. Students must earn a minimum of C- for all courses counted toward
- One course at the introductory or intermediate level focused on the experience of African Americans in each
of the following disciplines (or in an interdisciplinary program such as American studies cross-listed with the
- Political science, educational studies, or sociology
- Music, art, fine art, theater and dance
- One course at the intermediate level or beyond (ordinarily 300-level or higher) on topics in African American studies or
race relations in the United States, from any department or program.
- Integrating exercise consisting of one of the following:
- One senior seminar focusing on issues pertaining to African Americans from any department or program.
- One semester-long project on issues pertaining to African Americans under the supervision of a faculty
member affiliated with the African American studies minor or approved by the coordinator.
- Senior thesis on issues pertaining to African Americans under the supervision of a faculty member affiliated
with the African American studies minor or approved by the coordinator.