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Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies

Minor in African American and African Diaspora Studies

Students on Summer 2023, Fall 2023, or Spring 2024 requirements AAADSMIN

The Minor in African American and African Diaspora Studies combines well with many other degrees, allowing students to apply their AAADS knowledge and skills to their professional and personal life. Our courses help students deepen connections they are making within another subject area, and prepare to work with diverse populations.

Requirements

The minor requires at least 15 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.
  1. African American History. One (1) course:
    • AAAD-A 355 African American History I
    • AAAD-A 356 African American History II
  2. African American Literature. One (1) course:
    • AAAD-A 379 Early Black American Writing
    • AAAD-A 380 Contemporary Black American Writing
  3. Electives. Nine (9) additional credit hours:
    • AAAD-A 100 African American Dance Company: Foundations and Practices
    • AAAD-A 104 Groups Theatre Workshop
    • AAAD-A 110 African American Choral Ensemble: Foundations and Practices
    • AAAD-A 112 Black Music of Two Worlds
    • AAAD-A 113 Atkins Living-Learning Center Foundational Course
    • AAAD-A 120 Soul Revue: Foundations and Practices
    • AAAD-A 131 Early African American and African Diaspora Literature
    • AAAD-A 132 Recent African American and African Diaspora Literature
    • AAAD-A 150 Survey of the Culture of Black Americans
    • AAAD-A 154 History of Race in the Americas
    • AAAD-A 156 Black Liberation Struggles against Jim Crow and Apartheid
    • AAAD-A 169 Introduction to African American Literature
    • AAAD-A 197 Topics in African American and African Diaspora Studies
    • AAAD-A 198 Special Topics in Social and Historical Studies for African American and African Diaspora Studies
    • AAAD-A 199 Special Topics in Arts and Humanities for African American and African Diaspora Studies
    • AAAD-A 201 Introduction to African American and African Diaspora Studies
    • AAAD-A 203 Studying Blacks of the New World: African Americans and Africans in the African Diaspora
    • AAAD-A 205 Black Electoral Politics
    • AAAD-A 210 Black Women in the Diaspora
    • AAAD-A 221 Dance in the African Diaspora
    • AAAD-A 222 Black Women Artists
    • AAAD-A 238 Communication in Black America
    • AAAD-A 243 Race and Representation in American Art
    • AAAD-A 249 African American Autobiography
    • AAAD-A 250 U.S. Contemporary Minorities
    • AAAD-A 251 Photography of and by the African Diaspora
    • AAAD-A 255 The Black Church in America
    • AAAD-A 257 Monuments and Memories: Jewish and Black Experiences
    • AAAD-A 263 Contemporary Social Issues in the African American Community
    • AAAD-A 264 History of Sports and the African American Experience
    • AAAD-A 265 Modern Sports and the African American Experience
    • AAAD-A 275 Language and Identity in the Black Diaspora
    • AAAD-A 277 Images of Blacks in Films: 1903-1950s
    • AAAD-A 278 Contemporary Black Film
    • AAAD-A 283 Blacks in American Drama and Theatre, 1767-1945
    • AAAD-A 290 Sociocultural Perspective of African American Music
    • AAAD-A 292 African American Folklore
    • AAAD-A 295 Survey of Hip Hop
    • AAAD-A 297 Popular Music of Black America
    • AAAD-A 298 Special Topics in Social and Historical Studies for African American and African Diaspora Studies
    • AAAD-A 299 Special Topics in Arts and Humanities for African American and African Diaspora Studies
    • AAAD-A 304 Black Paris
    • AAAD-A 320 Black Dance History
    • AAAD-A 330 African American Cinematic Experience
    • AAAD-A 331 Visual Arts of the Harlem Renaissance
    • AAAD-A 332 Art of the Civil Rights Movement
    • AAAD-A 337 Soul Revue: Advanced Studies and Practices
    • AAAD-A 338 African American Dance Company: Advanced Studies and Practices
    • AAAD-A 339 African American Choral Ensemble: Advanced Studies and Practices
    • AAAD-A 345 Hip Hop Music and Culture
    • AAAD-A 350 Black Atlantic
    • AAAD-A 352 African American Art II: African American Artists
    • AAAD-A 354 Transnational Americas
    • AAAD-A 355 African American History I
    • AAAD-A 356 African American History II
    • AAAD-A 359 Ethnic/Racial Stereotypes in American Film
    • AAAD-A 360 Slavery: Worldwide Perspective
    • AAAD-A 363 Research on Contemporary African American Problems I
    • AAAD-A 379 Early Black American Writing
    • AAAD-A 380 Contemporary Black American Writing
    • AAAD-A 382 Black Community, Law, and Social Change
    • AAAD-A 384 Blacks in American Drama and Theatre, 1945-Present
    • AAAD-A 385 Seminar in Black Theatre
    • AAAD-A 386 Black Feminist Perspectives
    • AAAD-A 387 Black Migration
    • AAAD-A 388 Motown
    • AAAD-A 391 Black Nationalism
    • AAAD-A 393 History of Jazz
    • AAAD-A 394 Survey of African American Music
    • AAAD-A 395 Contemporary Jazz and Soul Music
    • AAAD-A 396 Art Music of Black Composers
    • AAAD-A 398 Advanced Topics in Social and Historical Studies for African American and African Diaspora Studies
    • AAAD-A 399 Advanced Topics in Arts and Humanities for African American and African Diaspora Studies
    • AAAD-A 400 Topics in African American and African Diaspora Studies
    • AAAD-A 405 Civil Rights and Black Power Movements, 1954-1974
    • AAAD-A 407 African American and African Protest Strategies
    • AAAD-A 408 Race, Gender, and Class in Cross-Cultural Perspective
    • AAAD-A 420 Transforming Divided Communities and Societies
    • AAAD-A 425 The Black Family in Twentieth-Century Rural America, 1900-1970
    • AAAD-A 427 Cross-Cultural Communication
    • AAAD-A 430 The Cinema of Africana Women
    • AAAD-A 447 Race, Crime, and Media
    • AAAD-A 452 Historical Issues in Black Education
    • AAAD-A 479 Contemporary Black Poetry
    • AAAD-A 480 The Black Novel
    • AAAD-A 481 Racism and the Law
    • AAAD-A 493 Senior Seminar in African American and African Diaspora Studies
    • AAAD-A 496 Black Religious Music
    • AAAD-A 499 Honors Thesis
    • AAAD-X 373 Internship in African American and African Diaspora Studies
    • AAAD-X 490 Individual Readings in African American Studies
  4. Minor GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. Minor GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    2. Minor Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    3. Minor Upper Division Credit Hours. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    4. Minor Residency. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.

Minor Area Courses

Unless otherwise noted below, the following courses are considered in the academic program and will count toward academic program requirements as appropriate:

  • Any course at the 100-499 level with the AAAD subject area prefix--as well as any other subject areas that are deemed functionally equivalent
  • Any course contained on the course lists for the academic program requirements at the time the course is taken--as well as any other courses that are deemed functionally equivalent--except for those listed only under Addenda Requirements
  • Any course directed to a non-Addenda requirement through an approved exception
Exclusions

The following courses cannot be applied toward minor requirements:

  • AAAD-A 141
  • AAAD-A 142

This program of study cannot be combined with the following:

  • Bachelor of Arts in African American and African Diaspora Studies (AAADBA)
  • Bachelor of Arts in African American and African Diaspora Studies and English (AAADENGBA)
  • Bachelor of Arts in African American and African Diaspora Studies and History (AAADHISTBA)
  • Bachelor of Arts in African American and African Diaspora Studies and Religious Studies (AAADRELBA)
  • Bachelor of Arts in African American and African Diaspora Studies and Sociology (AAADSOCBA)
  • Bachelor of Arts in English and African American and African Diaspora Studies (ENGAAADBA)
  • Bachelor of Arts in History and African American and African Diaspora Studies (HISTAAADBA)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and African American and African Diaspora Studies (RELAAADBA)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and African American and African Diaspora Studies (SOCAAADBA)

Exceptions to and substitutions for minor requirements may be made with the approval of the unit's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.