Minor in African and African American Studies

Program Learning Outcomes for the Minor in African and African American Studies

Upon completing the minor in African and African American Studies, students will be able to:

  1. Understand and appreciate the complexity of African and African American history and culture.
  2. Compare and contrast the experiences of African peoples in different regions of the continent.
  3. Understand the role of Africa and African peoples in the diaspora in global histories and networks.
  4. Understand and employ key concepts and frameworks utilized in African and African American studies.

Requirements for the Minor in African and African American Studies

Students pursuing the minor in African and African American Studies must complete:

  • A minimum of 6 courses (18 credit hours) to satisfy minor requirements.
  • A minimum of 3 courses (9 credit hours) taken at the 300-level or above.
  • A maximum of 2 courses (6 credit hours) from study abroad or transfer credit. For additional program guidelines regarding transfer credit, see the Policies tab. 

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this minor. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the minor’s academic advisor, or where applicable, the Program Director. (Course substitutions must be formally applied and entered into Degree Works by the minor's Official Certifier). Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary 

Total Credit Hours Required for the Minor in African and African American Studies18

Minor Requirements

Core Requirement
AAAS 200KNOWING BLACKNESS: INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN AND AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES3
Elective Requirements
Select 5 courses as Electives from the following categories: 1,215
Select at least 2 courses from Group A (see course list below)
Select at least 2 courses from Group B (see course list below)
Total Credit Hours18

Footnotes and Additional Information

Course Lists to Satisfy Requirements

Elective Requirements

To fulfill the remaining African and African American Studies minor requirements, students must complete a total of 5 elective courses (15 credit hours) from the following two categories as listed below. At least 2 courses (6 credit hours) must be selected from each category (Group A and Group B), and the remaining course can be selected from either category (Group A or Group B). Additionally, coursework must be selected from at least 3 different subject codes, and a minimum of 3 courses (9 credit hours) must be taken at the 300-level or above.  

Group A
Select at least 2 courses from the following:6
AFRICAN PREHISTORY
NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS IN AFRICA
TOPICS IN AFRICAN CULTURE AND ETHNOGRAPHY
AFRICAN ARCHAEOLOGY FIELD TECHNIQUES
AFRICAN MYTHS AND RITUALS
FROM DECOLONIZATION TO GLOBALIZATION
THE IDEA OF AFRICA
HISTORY OF EARLY AFRICA
HISTORY OF MODERN AFRICA
HISTORY OF SOUTH AFRICA
HISTORY OF ATLANTIC AFRICA
ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE AND THE ORIGINS OF AFRO AMERICA
HISTORY OF AFRICA IN THE MUSEUM
INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN RELIGIONS
INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIANITY IN AFRICA
THE CHURCH OF AFRICA
THEOLOGY IN AFRICA
CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM IN AFRICA
RELIGION AND POLITICS IN AFRICA
Group B
Select at least 2 courses from the following:6
ANTHROPOLOGY OF RACE, ETHNICITY AND HEALTH
RACE, CLASS, GENDER IN EDUCATION
INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
BLACK MANHATTAN: 1915-1940
SLAVERY IN 20TH CENTURY FILM AND FICTION
THE BLACK IMAGINARY: 1775-PRESENT
STUDIES IN AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
BLACK VENUS/VÉNUS NOIRE: REPRESENTATIONS OF BLACK WOMEN IN THE LONG 19TH CENTURY
THE CARIBBEAN IN FRENCH
RED, WHITE AND BLACK IN EARLY AMERICA CREATING RACIAL IDENTIES IN THE ERA OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
THE ATLANTIC WORLD: ORIGINS TO THE AGE OF REVOLUTION
RACE AND MEDICINE IN AMERICAN HISTORY
AMERICAN URBAN HISTORY, 1609 TO TODAY
BLACKS IN THE AMERICAS
BLACK LIFE IN THE NINETEENTH-CENTURY UNITED STATES
THE AMERICAN SOUTH
FIGHTING THE ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE
BLACKS IN THE AMERICAS
ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE AND THE ORIGINS OF AFRO AMERICA
BLACK AMERICA: FROM NADIR THROUGH THE GREAT DEPRESSION
THE RISE AND FALL OF SLAVERY IN THE ATLANTIC WORLD, 1791-1888
RACE, EDUCATION AND SOCIETY IN THE URBAN SOUTH
HISTORY OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT, 1954 TO THE PRESENT
THE BLACK CITY: AFRICAN AMERICAN URBAN LIFE IN THE UNITED STATES
AFRICAN AMERICAN POLITICS
MINORITY POLITICS
URBAN LAB HOUSTON
RACE AND PUBLIC POLICY
RELIGION AND HIP HOP CULTURE IN AMERICA
RELIGION AND BLACK LIVES MATTER
INTRODUCTION TO THE BLACK CHURCH IN THE UNITED STATES
THE RELIGIOUS THOUGHT OF MARTIN L. KING, JR. AND MALCOLM X
WHAT'S RELIGIOUS ABOUT BLACK RELIGION?
RELIGION AND LITERATURE IN AFRICA
RACE AND ETHNIC RELATIONS
MULTIRACIAL AMERICA
RACE, SOCIETY AND POPULATION CHANGE
AFRICAN AMERICAN-JEWISH RELATIONS: RACE, RELIGION, POLITICS, AND POPULAR CULTURE
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY OF PREJUDICE
RACE, GENDER, CLASS ON FILM
RACE AND FAMILY SEMINAR
RACE AND ETHNICITY SEMINAR
RESEARCH SEMINAR: THE HOUSTON AREA SURVEY
RACE, MIGRATION, AND HEALTH SEMINAR
INEQUALITY AND URBAN LIFE
FEMINIST AND QUEER THEORY IN THE AFRICAN DIASPORA
RACE, POWER AND THE POLITICS OF PLACE

Policies for the Minor in African and African American Studies

Program Restrictions and Exclusions

Students pursuing the minor in African and African American Studies should be aware of the following program restriction:

  • As noted in Majors, Minors, and Certificates, i.) students may declare their intent to pursue a minor only after they have first declared a major, and ii.) students may not major and minor in the same subject.

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: https://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Program Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the minor in African and African American Studies should be aware of the following program-specific transfer credit guidelines:

  • No more than 2 courses (6 credit hours) of transfer credit from U.S. or international universities of similar standing as Rice may apply towards the minor. 
  • Requests for transfer credit will be considered by the program director (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis. 

Distribution Credit Information

The determination of distribution eligibility is done initially as part of the new course creation process. Additionally, as part of an annual roll call coordinated each Spring by the Office of the Registrar, course distribution eligibility is routinely reviewed and reaffirmed by the Dean’s Offices of each of the academic schools.  

Faculty and leadership in the academic schools are responsible for ensuring that the courses identified as distribution-eligible meet the criteria as set in the General Announcements. Students are responsible for ensuring that they meet graduation requirements by completing coursework designated as distribution at the time of course registration. 

Additional Information 

For additional information, please see the African and African American Studies website: https://caaas.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the Minor in African and African American Studies

Academic Honors

The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.

Additional Information 

For additional information, please see the African and African American Studies website: https://caaas.rice.edu/

See https://humanities.rice.edu/student-life for tables of fellowships, prizes, and internships/practica that may be relevant to this minor.