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Requirements for Minor in African American Studies

The African American Studies Minor is open to all students at Middle Tennessee State University. A student may take no more than 6 hours in a single department toward an interdisciplinary minor un­less he or she surpasses the required 18-21­ hours neces­sary for that minor. A student may take no more than 3 hours credit toward a minor in the same department or discipline in which he/she is taking a major, and no course may be counted for both major and minor credit. Students must fulfill all departmental prerequisites for any course within an interdisciplinary minor. The minor in African American Studies requires 18 semester credit hours including 12 hours of foundational courses.

Required courses (12 hours)

  1. AAS 2100, Introduction to African American Studies
  2. AAS/ENGL 2020, Themes in Literature and Culture: African American Nonfiction Literature
  3. AAS/PSY 3250, Perspectives on Black Psychology
  4. AAS/HIST 2040, Survey African American History I
  5. AAS/HIST 2050, Survey African American History II. 


Electives (6 hours)

  1. AAS 4600, Interdisciplinary Seminar in African American Studies
  2. AAS 4990, Independent Study in African American Studies
  3. AAS/ANTH 3514, People and Cultures of Africa
  4. AAS/ENG 3340, African American Literature
  5. AAS/GEOG 3470, Geography of Africa
  6. AAS/HIST 2040, Survey African American History I
  7.  AAS/HIST 2050, Survey African American History II
  8. AAS/HIST 4430, Sub­Saharan Africa
  9. AAS/HIST 4490, Mexico and the Caribbean
  10. AAS/HIST 4750, African American Social and Intellectual History
  11. AAS/MUHL 4530, History of Jazz
  12. AAS/PS 4180, African Politics; AAS/SOC 4200, African American Film, Theater, and Television Images
  13. AAS/SW 3200, Cultural Diversity: Competency for Practice
  14. SOC 4240, Race and Ethnic Relations
  15. PS 3170, Civil Rights Policy and Politics
  16. PHIL 3500, Philosophy and the African American Experience
  17. MUHL 4540, History of Black Gospel Music
  18. ART 4870, African Art
  19. ART 4880, African American Art


Courses of Related Interest

Courses considered consistent with the goals and objectives of the African American Studies program are designated as "of related interest." However, African American Studies minors MAY NOT use these courses towards the minor without prior approval from the program's director. The following courses of "related interest" are: 1. ECON 4470, Economic Development of the Third World; 2. HIST 3030, Topics in African American History; 3. HIST 4760, America Divided: Race, Class, and Gender; 4. PSY 4720, Multicultural Perspectives in Psychology and Education

Primary Courses in African American Studies

AAS 2100, Introduction to African American Studies. Three credits.

Intro­ductory interdisciplinary survey course which examines the African American experience from enslavement through the present; social, religious, political, and cultural interactions evolving from that experience.

AAS 4600, Interdisciplinary Seminar in African American Studies. Three credits.

Selected topics, issues, and problems in the African and African American experience. Course emphasis is on primary source materials, critical reading, and critical analysis. Topics will vary. This course may be repeated for additional credit hours in the minor if the topic and content are different.

AAS 4990, Independent Study in African American Studies. Three credits.

Allows the examination of a specific topic within the study of Africa, the Caribbean, or America. Student conducts research and confers regularly with the instructor. Work must draw upon theories and methods applicable to African American Studies. See the program director for guidelines. This course may not be repeated for additional credit hours in the minor.

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