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2009-2010 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2009-2010 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

African and African-American Studies Minor

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African and African-American Studies Committee

Chidiebere Nwanbani Director, African and African-American Studies Program

John Fobanjong Political Science

Lisa Maya Knauer Sociology

Ziddi Msangi Design

Morgan Peters English

Thomas K Ranuga Sociology

Selected Faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Engineering, and College of Visual and Performing Arts also participate in the offering of courses.

African and African-American Studies is a multidisciplinary approach to the understanding of the society, culture and history of Africans and people of African descent. Drawing on the expertise of scholars of the African and African-American experience in the fields of sociology, literature, the visual and performing arts, history, political science, education, economics and anthropology, the minor has the following goals:

  • To emphasize the African and African-American contribution to world development.
  • To broaden and deepen students’ understanding of Africa, the African diaspora and the American identity.
  • To provide students of African descent with an opportunity to pursue a program of study directly relevant to their own lives and expose as many students as possible to African and African-American studies.



Each student who minors in African and African-American Studies is required to complete AAS 101, Introduction to African and African-American Studies and AAS 480, Seminar, which provides a capstone experience. In addition, four elective courses must be selected: two from Group A and two from Group B below. No more than two of the elective courses may be in one department.

Total credits: 18

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