African and African-American Studies

Dr. Angel Adams Parham, Director, Department of Sociology,, (504) 865-3581


The African and African-American Studies minor invites students to study the people, histories, and cultures of Africa, as well as its diaspora in places like the United States, the Caribbean, and Latin America. The program provides a stimulating combination of intellectual engagement in its course offerings and cultural involvement through a variety of events that address aspects of the African or African diasporic experiences.

Selected Courses:
History: Africa and Black Diaspora
Sociology: Race and Ethnic Conflict
Music: Jazz in American Culture

Minor Requirements

The African and African-American Studies minor is composed of the following 21 hours:

Choose one of the following history courses:

  • HIST X280 African-American Culture and History
  • HIST W286 Discovering Africa
  • HIST A276 African American History to 1865
  • HIST A277 African American History Since 1865
  • HIST A336 History of the Old South
  • HIST A337 The New South
  • HIST A349 Africa to 1880
  • HIST A350 Africa 1880 to Present
  • HIST A440 African and Black Diaspora
  • HIST A442 History of Southern Africa

Choose one of the following humanities courses:

  • DRAM V243 Black Theater: 1940-Present
  • ENGL V273 The African Novel
  • ENGL V275 Black Women Novelists
  • ENGL V277 Harlem Renaissance
  • ENGL V278 Black Thought and Art
  • ENGL A250 Introduction to African American Literature
  • ENGL A373 The Black Writer in America
  • ENGL A450 Black Aesthetics
  • MUGN V272 Jazz in American Culture

Choose one of the following social sciences courses:

  • SOCI A204 Introduction to Haitian Society and Culture
  • SOCI A210 Social Psychology
  • SOCI A220 Social Protest Movements
  • SOCI X255 Race and Ethnic Conflict
  • SOCI X312 African Diaspora Communities and Cultures

Electives. Choose four courses from any of the courses listed.


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