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The African American Studies Program (AAST)

The Program in African American Studies offers an undergraduate minor in African American studies. The minor is interdisciplinary and both national and transnational. It encourages students to engage in complex issues in unique ways that are often beyond the boundaries of the traditional disciplines.

African American Studies Minor

239 ten Hoor Hall
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Admission into the minor. Students are expected to formally declare a minor. With the assistance of an advisor in the minor department, students should complete the “Declaration of Minor” form before or during the third year of full-time enrollment.

Grade point average. A 2.0 grade point average in the minor is required for completion of the degree. The minor GPA is calculated based on all courses applicable to the minor that the student has attempted at UA and all work attempted applicable to the minor throughout the entire higher education career.

Minor courses. The minor in African American studies requires the successful completion of the following 21 semester hours:

CoursesHours
AAST 201 (or AMS 201)3
AAST 249 (or EN 249)3
AAST 319 (or HY 319) or AAST 320 (or HY 320)3
AAST 352 (or SOC 352 or WS 352)3
AAST electives or other approved electives*9
Total21

*Students may substitute the following courses when the focus and title is on African American or racial topics: AMS 202, AMS 300, AMS 302, AMS 304, AMS 321, AMS 340, AMS 341, AMS 402, AMS 405, AMS 492, ANT 455, ARH 481, CD 304, CJ 303, COM 395, COM 413, COM 467, COM 495, EN 311, EN 488, GY 344, HY 200, HY 300, HY 400, HY 412, PSC 364, REL 226, REL 237, REL 480, SW 351, WS 240, or WS 310.

Upper-level residency. A minimum of 6 hours of 300- or 400-level courses in the minor must be earned on this campus.

Ancillary courses. This minor does not require ancillary courses.

Additional minor requirements. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, college, major, and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an advisor in the major department for academic planning and to be cleared for registration each semester. If necessary, students may consult with the minor department academic advisor for questions concerning minor requirements.

Special opportunities. Students have the opportunity to complete internships in a variety of settings. Students should contact the program office for more information. The program also offers occasional study abroad opportunities.

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