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African American Studies

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The African American Studies program (AAST) is an interdisciplinary program of study that exposes students to the history and culture of African Americans in the United States and connects those experiences to the peoples of Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America.  Students who minor in AAST will take eighteen (18) credit hours, and these courses will provide students with studies in racism, colonialism, and slavery as well as the art, music, and literature of blacks in Africa and the Americas.

The program offers an in-depth examination and provides a standard body of literature on African-American experiences in order to promote a well-rounded education and a greater appreciation of cultural diversity and heritage.

The program explores the struggles, perils, oppression, injustices, perseverance, achievements, contributions and acts of heroism of African-Americans.

Designed as a minor consisting of 18 credit hours, the African-American Studies Program is interdisciplinary in that students choose from a wide variety of stimulating courses that cross departmental lines.


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2023-2024 African American Studies Minor Requirements

For more information about pursuing a minor in African American Studies, please contact:

Professor Marcus Hayes

African American Studies Minor

Trahern 203

(931)221-6371 or hayesma@apsu.edu


Follow this link for information concerning the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center.


Follow this link to the African American Studies website for additional information.