Declaring a Minor in African American and Africana Studies (AAS)

Minor in African American and Africana Studies:
By completing 21 hours of course work students can earn a minor in African American and Africana Studies. This minor offers a cultural, historical, and literary base that can strengthen any major in the Humanities or the Social Sciences. The African American and Africana Studies Program seeks to promote the interest and knowledge of the African diaspora experience through quality teaching and research. Multidisciplinary in scope, AAAS offers a selection of courses in English, History, Geography, Political Science, Sociology, Philosophy, Religion, and Language. Courses affiliated with the Program are listed each Fall and Spring semester on our website and in the University Schedule of Classes under the AAS prefix.

African American and Africana Studies lists three required courses: AAS 200, AAS 400, and AAS 401. Students must complete six hours in both the humanities and social sciences from the list of courses either cross-listed or approved by the director of AAAS.

AAS 200: Introduction to African American Studies, an interdisciplinary course which establishes the intellectual context for an examination of the African American experience: it introduces students to the various approaches scholars use to analyze that experience. This course employs a topical framework which permits focus on issues reflecting the diversity and richness of the African American experience across geographic boundaries.

AAS 400: Special Topics in African American Studies, a detailed investigation of a particular topic in African American Studies, with emphasis both on content and existing research. Topics will vary from semester to semester and are announced the preceding semester. This course may be repeated a maximum of six credits when identified by a different subtitle. Prereq: AAS 200

AAS 401: Independent Reading and Research:. The student pursues a course of reading and research under the guidance of an instructor, completes a major research project, and takes an examination. A written contract defining the area of study is negotiated between student and instructor at the beginning of the course. May be repeated a maximum of six credits.  Prereq: AAS 200.

21 Credits Required for the Minor:

Nine hours of required courses:  AAS 200, AAS 400 and AAS 401 plus 

At least six hours of course work in the humanities:

AAS 420:               African American Religious Exp.
AAS/ENG 264:       Major Black Writers
AAS/ENG 356:       Studies in Black American Literature
AAS/ENG 490G     Topics in Gender: (if appropriate)
AAS/FR 263:          African and Caribbean Literature
AAS/HIS 254:        History of Sub-Saharan African
AAS/HIS 260:        Afro-American History to 1865
AAS/HIS 261:        Afro-American History, 1865-Present
AAS/HIS 360:        Race and Sport in America
AAS/MUS 300:      History of Jazz

At least six hours of course work in the social sciences:

AAS/ANT 431G    Cultures and Societies of Sub-Saharan Africa
AAS/EDC 550:      Education in a culturally diverse society
AAS/GEO 328:     Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa
AAS/PS 417G:      Survey of Sub-Saharan Politics
AAS/SOC 471:      Race, Ethnicity, and Polities
AAS/SOC 235:      Inequalities in Society
AAS/SOC 432:      Race & Ethnic Relations
AAS/SOC 433:      Topics in Social Inequality

UK African American and Africana Studies minor sheet

Instructions for declaring the AAAS Minor:
**Students planning on declaring a minor need to make the request to declare the minor in your primary college even if your major is in another college and the minor you want is an Arts & Sciences minor. 

  1. If your primary college is A&S (you are majoring in an A&S department) and you want to declare a minor in AAAS, please come to the Advising Office in 202 Patterson Office Tower and use the "Change your Major" kiosk. ** (If the kiosk is not available ask the advising office for a declaration of minor form instead. The advising office will provide the form and you should submit the form back to advising).

  2. If your primary college is not the College of Arts & Sciences, you must declare the AAAS minor through your primary college.  Please contact your primary college for instructions on how to declare the minor. 

  3. If you have any questions regarding the AAAS minor, please contact Michelle Del Toro at 859-257-2284.



For general questions about AAAS, please contact Dr. DaMaris Hill, Program Director:

For questions about undergraduate programs in AAAS, please contact Dr. Bertin Louis, Director of Undergraduate Studies:


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