CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES
An interdisciplinary approach to history, culture and experience of African Americans from the fifteenth century to the present, the
minor program attracts students interested in the African American heritage and rich intellectual traditions. This minor also explores
African American struggles, successes, as well as art and literature.
Minor in African American Studies
68 USC Upstate Academic Centers
2019-2020 USC Upstate Catalog
Students completing the minor program will be introduced to seven major themes throughout their studies:
• Connections to the African American Past, where students will learn about the pre-Atlantic slave trade world Africa with emphasis on West African
civilizations and societies;
• Becoming African American, where students examine the effects of enslavement on African identity and the construction of an American identity;
• Race and Identity Issues will examine the political, social and economic impact of the construction of blackness for African Americans;
• Resistance and Agency will examine the strategies used by African Americans to combat their disempowerment;
• Spirituality will trace the impact of African American spirituality on culture, community life and political activism;
• Cultural Expression will examine the material and intellectual contributions of African Americans to literature, music and art;
• and Liberation will include discussions on how the struggle for freedom and inclusion has shaped the African American experience and impacted the
definition of freedom in the United States.
Courses required for the Minor1,2,3,4,5,6,7
credit hrs. Completed
AFAM U201: Intro to African Amer. Studies 3
AFAM U204: African American Culture 3
One of the following:
ENGL U391: African American Literature or
ENGL U429: Harlem Renaissance
One of the following: HIST U310: African
American History to 1865 or HIST U311:
African American History Since 1860
Two of the courses selected from the
following disciplines: 6
AFAM U398: Topics in African American Studies
ARTH U210: African Art
ARTH U304: Southern Folk Art
CRJU U380: Minorities, Crime and Criminal Justice
CRJU U451/POLI U451: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
ENGL U391: African American Literature or ENGL U429:
HIST U495: Topics in African American History or HIST
U310: African American History to 1865 or HIST U311:
African American History since 1860
JOUR U480: Diversity and the Media
MUSC U310: Jazz History
SOCY U433: Race and Ethnic Relations
Total Hours Required 18
1 Up to 6 hours of General Education (<300 level) may be used to satisfy requirements of a minor.
2 Minimum grade of C is required for all coursework.
3 A minimum of 12 hours of upper division coursework is required.
4 English U102 must be completed before taking courses in the minor.
5 There are additional pre-requisites for courses in Criminal Justice, Sociology, and Government
which may be met with general education or elective credit.
6 Topics courses numbered U398 may be used when the subject matter pertains to African
7 Students may not use the same course to satisfy both the specified requirements and a