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African American Studies Minor

Phone: 843.953.1920

Simon Lewis, Interim Director

As an interdisciplinary minor focused on the study of the African American experience, African American Studies aims to provide students an understanding of the history and culture of African Americans and to introduce students to the diversity of African American experiences in a variety of disciplines. Students who minor in African American Studies can acquire careers in the field as teachers, in community development, in social service agencies and in public administration. Students who minor in African American Studies also gain excellent preparation for graduate and professional school.


Credit Hours: 18

AAST 200

Introduction to African American Studies (3)

ENGL 216

Introduction to African American Literature (3)



ENGL 313

African American Literature (3)

HIST 216

African American History to 1877 (3)



HIST 217

African American History, 1877 to Present (3)

Nine credit hours selected from the following:

AAST 250

Readings in African American Social Science Research (3)

AAST 280

Introduction to African American Music (3)

AAST 290

Special Topics (3)

AAST 300

Special Topics (3)

AAST 305

Visiting Artist Practicum (1-3)

AAST 315

Black Women Writers (3) (cross-listed with ENGL 315)

AAST 319

Contemporary Constructions of Black Womanhood (3)

AAST 330

Black Images in the Media (3)

AAST 350

Comparative Black Identity (3)

AAST 366

Race-Ethnic Relations (cross-listed with SOCY 366)

AAST 381

African American Studies Internship (1-4)

AAST 400

Independent Study(3)

AAST 401

Capstone in African American Studies (3)

ANTH 322

Peoples and Cultures of Africa

ANTH 323

African American Society and Culture

ANTH 327

Peoples and Cultures of the Caribbean

POLI 330

Southern Politics (3)

SOCY 366

Race and Ethnic Relations (3) (cross-listed with AAST 366)

THTR 316

African American Theater (3)

Note: The following Special Topics courses may also be taken for elective credit when they have sufficient content relevant to the minor, as certified by the instructor and the director of African American Studies:

AFST 202

Special Topics in African Studies (3)

HIST 210

Special Topics in U.S. History (3)

HIST 310

Special Topics in U.S. History (3)

HIST 320

Special Topics in Lowcountry History (3)

MUSC 222

Special Topics for Non-Majors (3)

PHIL 298

Special Topics in Philosophy (3)

RELS 298

Special Topics in Religious Studies (3)

SOCY 349

Special Topics in Social Problems (3)