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2019-2020 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog


African/African American Studies Minor

Requirements for a Minor in African and African American Studies

Students seeking a minor in African and African American studies are required to complete 21 to 22 credit hours. Students will be required to choose between track one (Africa) and track two (African American).

All minors will be required to complete two core courses (six credits)

Track One: Africa

Students choosing the Africa track will be required to successfully complete the following:

Note: students who enter the university competent in French or Arabic at the 202 level or higher will take one extra elective course for a total of 21 credits.

Plus four elective courses (12 credits) from the following list:

Track II: African American

Students choosing the African American track will be required to successfully complete the following:

Plus four elective courses (12 credits) from the following list:

Note: No more than two courses from any department other than African and African American studies can be counted toward the minor for the students who choose the African American track.

Additional Information

  • No more than three credit hours of AAA 399 - Independent Readings (1 to 3 credits) OR AAA 499 - Independent Study and Research (1 to 4 credits) may count toward the minor.
  • New African or African American-related courses in each of the two tracks may count toward the minor as they become available. Please consult the program director concerning the eligibility of any particular course. Students should be particularly alert to the presence of courses offered through the vehicle of special topics courses ( AAA 380 and 390).
  • Transfer credits from approved study abroad programs and from other U.S. colleges and universities may be counted toward the minor upon verification by the program director. However, of the 21-22 credits required, a minimum of six credits must be taken in residence at GVSU.

African/African American Studies Program Description

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