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Afroamerican and African Studies Minor

Effective Fall 2020

Exclusions:

A minor in Afroamerican and African Studies is not open to students with a major in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies.

Advising

Students wishing to pursue a minor in Afroamerican and African Studies must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with the department's designated advisor.  A team of DAAS faculty and staff is available to advise students.

Students can make an appointment with an advisor through our department website, contact an advisor by email (daasadvising.umich.edu), or drop by the department during advising hours to meet with an advisor.

Students are also encouraged to relax or study in the Lemuel Johnson Center (room 5511) and to attend DAAS community events where our advisors are often present.

Prerequisites

none.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 15
  1. Complete two of the following three gateway courses:
    • AAS 200: Introduction to African Studies
    • AAS 201: Introduction to African American Studies
    • AAS 202: Introduction to African Diasporic Studies

  2. Complete one 300-level comparative or global course that compares different geographical regions, historical periods, political contexts, or cultural contexts.  Choose from: AAS 303, 304, 309, 322, 323, 324, 346, 354, 359, 362, 365, 366, 381, 384. 

  3. Complete one 300- or 400-level AAS elective.

  4. Complete the DAAS-In-Action course, AAS 498.

Afroamerican and African Studies (Minor) (Fall 2013 - Summer 2020)

Effective Fall 2013

Exclusions:

A minor in Afroamerican and African Studies is not open to students with a major in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies.

Advising

Students wishing to pursue a minor in Afroamerican and African Studies must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with the department's designated advisor. Appointments are scheduled at the DAAS Advising Office.

The DAAS Advising Center (5511 Haven Hall) is staffed with faculty and staff eager to provide academic advising on the DAAS curriculum for any student interested in these fields of study, whether pursuing a major, a minor, or one course. Call (734) 764-5513 or drop by during the posted hours. The DAAS Advising Center also sponsors final exam study breaks, informational meetings on graduate study, and other such events.

For further information, please contact: daasadvising@umich.edu

Prerequisites

None.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 17
  1. AAS 111.
  2. One course at the 200 level (3 credits). The following courses best satisfy this requirement: AAS 200, 201, 202
  3. Two courses at the 300 or 400 level (6 credits). These courses must focus on two of three major geographic areas of the African Diaspora (Africa, the Americas, or the Caribbean) or they may be cross-area courses that focus on at least two geographic areas of the African diaspora.
  4. One senior seminar: AAS 495 (4 credits).

Afroamerican and African Studies Minor (Winter 2012-Summer 2013)

Effective Winter 2012-Summer 2013

A minor in Afroamerican and African Studies is not open to students with a major in the Department of  Afroamerican and African Studies.

Students wishing to pursue a minor in Afroamerican and African Studies must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with the department's designated advisor. Appointments are scheduled at the DAAS Advising Office.

DAAS is an ideal unit for the student interested in a minor in one of the fields concerned with the study of Africa and its Diaspora. Students can use a DAAS minor to supplement and make more coherent their understanding of the knowledge in a traditional discipline. For instance, students concentrating in U.S. history could enhance and deepen their course work by taking a systematic course of study in AAS focusing not only on the many cross-listed courses between AAS and History but also on other non-cross-listed courses that the student might otherwise overlook if not affiliated with DAAS. A course in African politics after colonialism, for example, would work well for such a History concentrator.

Because of the plethora of disciplines, interdisciplinary faculty, and geographic connections designed into the AAS curriculum, a DAAS minor can become a valuable intellectual resource for majors in any field where DAAS has faculty strengths, including history, literature in English, anthropology, political science, sociology, education, psychology, art, and communications. Students in other disciplines, such as languages, could also find an asset in the range of AAS courses. A student of French language and literature would benefit from being able to take a series of courses related to Francophone Africa and the West Indies. Students in fairly regulated majors (such as chemistry) who have an interest in African history and culture would be able to pursue such an interest without jeopardizing the major.

Prerequisites to the Minor: None.

Requirements for the Minor. A minimum of 17 credits. Students interested in pursuing a minor in Afroamerican and African Studies must meet the following requirements:

  1. AAS 111.
  2. One course at the 200 level (3 credits). The following courses best satisfy this requirement:  AAS 200, 201, 202
  3. Two courses at the 300 or 400 level (6 credits). Students need at least two courses at the  300 and 400-level, excluding AAS 495.  One of these courses must be in African Studies and the other must be in either African American or Caribbean Studies.
  4. One senior seminar: AAS 495 (4 credits).

For further information, please contact: daasadvising@umich.edu