African and African American Studies, Minor

The minor in African and African American Studies is designed to supplement a student’s academic major with an interdisciplinary understanding of the history, social and political life, culture, and geography of the African Diaspora. The program utilizes an interdisciplinary approach whereby students engage in critical thinking across the spectrum of various disciplines such as geography, literature, history, social work, Political Science, fine arts, education, and sociology. The AAAS program serves students who are interested in understanding the cultural contributions and historical legacies of peoples of African ancestry in the United States and throughout Asia, Africa, South America and the Caribbean. The AAAS program also serves Marshall University and the Huntington community through local research and programming in the field of African and African American Studies.

Program Requirements

Students must complete at least 12 credit hours in approved AAAS courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. At least six of the 12 credit hours must be in courses numbered 300 or above. Because this is an interdisciplinary minor, students must complete coursework in at least 2 academic programs. In addition to the courses on the following list, students may use up to six credit hours earned in Special Topics courses and up to six credit hours earned in Independent Study to complete the requirement for the AAAS minor upon approval by the Director of African and African American Studies. At least 6 credits must have been completed at Marshall University; up to six credit hours in AAAS coursework completed at another accredited institution may be approved by the Director of African and African American Studies. No more than 3 credit hours taken on a credit/no credit basis may count toward completion of the minor.

Approved AAAS Courses

ANT 440 Bison image African Cultures3
CI 459 Bison image Multicult Influence in Ed3
CJ 406 Bison image Race, Ethnicity, Class & Crime3
ENG 240 Bison image African American Literatures3
HST 3013
HST 312 Bison image African-American History3
HST 360 Bison image Sports and Civil Rights3
HST 365 Bison image The Civil Rights Movement3
JMC 455Race Gender & Mass Media3
MUS 171African Drum & Dance Ens1
PSC 376 Bison image Black Politics3
PSC 4223
PSC 460Civil Rights & Liberties3
SOS 207Prob Multicult Society3
SOC 425Race and Ethnicity3