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African/African American Studies Minor

The African and African American studies (AAA) program develops an understanding of the variety and complexity of Africa, a deep appreciation of the African American experience, and an enriching knowledge of the various historical trajectories and contributions of the global African diaspora.

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Program Overview

AAA is an interdisciplinary minor and ideal complement to many disciplinary majors. Two tracks or areas of emphasis are possible, allowing students to tailor the minor to their own interests and needs. Students can choose to minor in either:

  • Track I: Africa
  • Track II: African American

Why Study African/African American Studies at Grand Valley?

The AAA program:

  • Prepares students for an increasingly diverse world of peoples, cultures, religions, and economies.
  • Is a gateway to gaining communicative and intercultural skills in a global economy.
  • Offers opportunities for study abroad and cultural enrichment.
  • Provides a multidisciplinary and rigorous intellectual grounding both in an important world region (Africa) and a major U.S. ethnic group (African Americans); the minor represents an excellent academic and personal investment for students who intend to pursue career opportunities in a broad range of fields.

Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this program study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.

  • Face To Face


Curriculum covers a variety of topics, including:

  • Africa - U.S. relations
  • African American history
  • African American literature
  • African diaspora
  • African history
  • African politics
  • Black people in sports
  • Black women's cultures and communities
  • Civil conflicts in Africa
  • Geography of Africa

Career Options

Students may find work in a broad range of fields, including:

  • Anthropology
  • Criminal justice
  • Health sciences
  • International business
  • Literacy studies
  • Politics

For More Information

School of Interdisciplinary Studies

African/African American Studies
117 Lake Ontario Hall
(616) 331-8110
[email protected]

Admissions and Recruitment Office


“The AAA program provides students with a foundation for understanding the complexity of continental Africa and the history and culture of peoples of African descent throughout the world. Beyond academic and/or professional success, the AAA program fosters in students the ethic of civic participation and global awareness.”