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Minor in Africana Studies

Students who pursue an Africana studies minor develop a strong foundation for understanding the African experience.

Through our minor, students explore the historical and comparative patterns of life, labor, culture, development and social protest of peoples throughout the African diaspora. The minor compliments virtually every major available throughout the university. 


The minor requires 15 credit hours comprised of three required courses and two electives:

  • AFS 240 – African Civilizations
  • AFS 241 – Introduction to African American Studies
  • AFS 342 – Introduction to the African Diaspora
  • Elective Course (from AFS Curriculum)
  • Elective Course (from AFS Curriculum)

Students can count a maximum of one class toward both the Africana studies minor and their major course of study.


Students can apply for admission to any university minor program in MyPack Portal. Admission will be based on the student’s academic record, and in most cases no longer requires departmental review.


Students must complete the minor no later than the semester in which they expect to graduate. Students can monitor their progress toward completing the minor by viewing their Minor Degree Audit online, anytime, in MyPack Portal. 

Please note that the minor degree audit does not track whether students are in compliance with double-counting limitations between major requirements and minor requirements. Therefore, students should not rely solely on the minor degree audit. They should refer to the detailed requirements outlined on the official university minors website for guidance and reach out to the minor advisor listed there to discuss course plans and ensure they’re on track.