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African/African American Studies

For additional information about opportunities your college offers, please refer to the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies section in this catalog.


In keeping with Grand Valley's liberal education commitment, the African and African American studies program administers an interdisciplinary minor whose goal is to academically prepare students for a better understanding of the variety and complexity of Africa, a deep appreciation of the African American experience and, more generally, an enriching knowledge of the various historical trajectories and contributions of the global African diaspora.

A minor in African and African American studies is an 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 either in Track One: Africa or in Track Two: African American.

Students minoring in African and African American studies are encouraged to take full advantage of excellent study abroad opportunities available through GVSU partner institutions or COUNCIL programs. For more information, please consult the Padnos International Center or the program director. As a socially engaged discipline, African and African American studies is committed to fostering social and civic engagement, particularly in Grand Rapids communities.

Program Requirements

The following program is available:

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