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African American Studies

Administrative Office
Kalmanovitz 248
Candice Harrison, Director
Phone: (415) 422-5706 

The African American Studies Minor exposes students to the interdisciplinary study of the history, politics, arts, experiences, and intellectual traditions of African Americans. This Minor draws broadly on history, sociology, literature, philosophy, psychology, politics, theology, and the arts. The courses explore the rich cultural and intellectual traditions of the evolving Black American life. Through the core course students are grounded in the fundamentals of African American history, and in the electives the students learn that the African American experience is at the heart of not only the United States experience but also the experience of the Americas and the world.

USF's vision to educate students who will fashion a more just and humane world is central to the mission of African American Studies. The Minor provides opportunities for students to engage in rigorous examinations of social inequality, change, and justice. These conversations are made especially challenging by confronting students with the moral and political demands of social diversity, which include class, culture, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexuality. This educational experience prepares students to responsibly and respectfully engage in our common pursuit of justice.

African American Studies Minor Requirements

The Minor requires the completion of twenty (20) credits. Students are required to take one foundational course and two distribution courses.  An internship is recommended but not required.  Additionally, two electives dedicated to African American topics or issues are required.  The electives are drawn from a variety of departments. These courses may be double-counted and triple-counted for major and USF Core Curriculum requirements.


Extracurricular events and activities will be used to supplement course work in the Minor. The African American Studies Minor committee plans and sponsors a variety of events and activities, including films, speakers, conferences, and off-campus volunteer projects.