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Studies in Africa and African Diaspora Minor

African-Amer & African Studies
College of Liberal Arts
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Contact Information
Department of African American and African Studies, 810 Social Sciences Building, 267 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-9847; fax: 612-624-8383)
  • Program Type: Graduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2022
  • Length of program in credits (master's): 9
  • Length of program in credits (doctoral): 15
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
This interdisciplinary graduate minor is administered through the Department of African American & African Studies. The minor program gives students from a variety of disciplines a structured graduate curriculum that offers a systematic understanding of the contemporary and historical experiences of peoples of Africa and of the African diaspora. It is organized around a group of core seminars and focuses on two broad areas: the humanities and the arts, and the social and behavioral sciences.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
Special Application Requirements:
An undergraduate major or minor in African American and/or African studies is not required for admission to the minor, but students are expected to have had sufficient background to begin graduate-level study. Students interested in the minor are strongly encouraged to confer with their major field advisor and director of graduate studies, and the Studies in Africa and African Diaspora director of graduate studies regarding feasibility and requirements. Students must complete an application form by the end of spring semester to be considered for acceptance for the following academic year.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
Students develop the minor in consultation with the Studies in Africa and the African Diaspora director of graduate studies and with their graduate program. All courses must be outside the student's major field of study. Minor field coursework offered on both the A-F and S/N grading basis must be taken A-F. The minimum cumulative GPA for minor field coursework is 3.00.
Required Course (3 credits)
Take the following course:
AFRO 5101 - Seminar: Introduction to Africa and the African Diaspora (3.0 cr)
Electives (6 to 9 credits)
Masterís students select 6 credits, and doctoral students select 9 credits from the following, with the approval of the Studies in Africa and African Diaspora director of graduate studies. Selected courses will focus on the arts and humanities or behavioral and social sciences.
AFRO 5xxx
AFRO 8xxx
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Masters
Doctoral
Seminar (3 credits)
Select a seminar with approval of the Studies in Africa and African Diaspora director of graduate studies. Seminars not listed below may be chosen in consultation with the Studies in Africa and African Diaspora director of graduate studies.
AFRO 8202 - Seminar: Intellectual History of Race (3.0 cr)
 
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AFRO 5101 - Seminar: Introduction to Africa and the African Diaspora
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Comparative frameworks, related theories, and pivotal texts in study of Africa and African Diaspora.
AFRO 8202 - Seminar: Intellectual History of Race
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
At its heart, the 8202 seminar is about dialogue, interrogating scholarship on race, intellectual history, and knowledge production. We will be in deep conversation with one another as we negotiate meaning around the intellectual history of race. Dialogue, indeed, is at the heart of this graduate seminar experience. Given the multidisciplinary composition of the students and content in 8202, we build together to form a learning whole in a remote format. Central to our work is excavating the 500 year legacy of race thought and making into the contemporary period.