College of Arts and Sciences

African American/African Diaspora Studies

Program Option

African American/African Diaspora Studies Minor

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Program Overview

The minor in African American and African Diaspora Studies is designed to provide students with the critical tools required, and to expose them to the historical knowledge and current research necessary for an informed understanding of continental Africa and Afro-American experience today. The minor is built around a core of courses that systematically document critical aspects of the Afro-American experience from its antecedents in antiquity to the critical aspects of present day. It provides students with an interdisciplinary study of the historical and contemporary lived experiences of African descendants in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, as well as continental African nations and its peoples. The minor also is designed to effectively prepare students who desire to continue on to graduate work in African American/African Diaspora Studies.


Program Requirements

The minor is available to students who are enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree programs at Drake University. It will consist of 21 credits in total. Students in the Minor will need to complete one core class, two foundational courses, three elective courses based on interest and a final course.

Course Credits
Core Course
AADS 072 - Introduction to African American / African Diaspora Studies 3
Foundation Courses - Select six credits from the following
AADS 110 - Becoming Black 3
ENG 065 - Introduction to African American Literature 3
HIST 060 - Africa in World History 3
HIST - African American History 3
SCSS 156 - Representing Race: Life History Research 3
SCSS 167 - Sociology of the African-American Experience 3
Electives - Select nine credits from the following. Elective courses should represent a mix of History and Philosophy; Race and Ethnicity; and Social, Cultural, and Political Issues.
History and Philosophy
REL 120 - Black Christianity and Prophetic Politics 3
HIST 078 - Greenwich Village and Harlem 3
HIST 112 - Civil War and Reconstruction 3
HIST 115 - From Contact to Removal: American Indian History 1492-1840 3
HIST 140 - Africa's Colonial Moment 3
HIST 161 - Africa, Africans, and Atlantic Slavery 3
HIST 175 - Slavery and Emancipation in the American Past and Present 3
HIST - African American History 3
REL - African Philosophy 3
SCSS 125 - Making Families Public 3
Race and Ethnicity
ENG 158 - South African Literature 3
ENG 164 - Latino/a Literature 3
ENG 165 - Postcolonial Literature 3
REL 118 - Race, Religion, and Civic Culture 3
SCSR 114 - Rhetorics of Race 3
SCSR 147 - Digital Cultures and New Media 3
SCSR 156 - Representing Race: Life History Research 3
Social, Cultural, and Political Issues
AADS 112 3
HIST 067 - Sustainable Development in Africa 3
SCS 110 - Culture, Knowledge, Power 3
SCSA 145/WGS 145/HONR 138 - Global Reproductive Politics 3
SCSR 114 - Postcolonial Rhetorics 3
SCSR 157 - Sociology of the 60's 3
SCSR 167 - Sociology of the African-American Experience 3
SCSS 013 - Society, Culture, and African Americans 3
SCSS 076 - Inequality and Public Health 3
SCSS 146 - Restorative Justice 3
Capstone Course
AADS 199 - Directed Independent Study 3
TOTAL 21

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