Loyola University Maryland

African and African American Studies


The Minor in African and African American Studies (AAAS) offers opportunities for critical examination and sophisticated understanding of the cultural, social, political, economic, and historical factors that have created and shaped Africa and its diaspora, including black experiences in the United States, the Caribbean, and throughout the globe. The minor consists of six, three-credit courses, some of which may require prior approval of the program director, and a portfolio submission. Credits toward the minor must come from at least three distinct disciplines; at least four courses must be at the 300-level or above; and up to two courses may be cross-counted between the AAAS minor and another major or minor. Some courses are more applicable or available to certain majors than others.

Requirements for the minor are as follows:

  • One African Studies Elective
  • Two African American Studies Electives
  • Three African, African American, African Diaspora, and/or Comparative Racial Studies Electives, including any combination of courses from the electives listed below; courses approved for AAAS elective credit for a particular semester; study abroad courses approved for AAAS elective credit (prior approval required); a senior seminar, capstone, or internship course in the student's major that significantly engages AAAS topics (prior approval required).
  • A portfolio of representative work in the minor, submitted to program director in the final year.

An international, service-learning, or internship experience is highly valued.  The following can count toward the AAAS minor with prior approval from the program director:

  • Up to three study-abroad courses in consultation with the Department accepting the credit. 
  • Service-learning courses which entail working with African American or African diaspora populations in the greater Baltimore area. 
  • Internship courses offered through a student's major. 
  • Up to two courses offered through the Baltimore Student Exchange Program at other area colleges and universities.

Students should work with the program director, in addition to their major advisor, to devise a coherent program of study. Meeting once per semester with the director is suggested. Students are required to work with the program director to compile and submit a final portfolio of a representative selection of work from various AAAS classes, ordinarily in the final year of coursework in the minor.


African Studies

  • AH 202 - African Art
  • AH 306 - Ancient Egypt: Cultural Crossroads in Africa
  • FR 376 - Outsiders in Sub-Saharan Francophone Literature
  • HS 106 - Making of the Modern World: Africa
  • HS 308 - White Man's Burden: Colonialism and the Historical Origins of Racism
  • HS 388 - Conquest and Colonization in Africa: 1884-1965
  • HS 389 - Gender and Power in Modern Africa
  • HS 443 - Apartheid and Its Demise in South Africa
  • HS 480 - Seminar: Cold War in Southern Africa
  • ML 270 - Introduction to African Literature

African American Studies

  • AH 207 - African American Art
  • CM 374 - Documentary Production
  • EN 373 - African American Literature
  • EN 378 - Race and Ethnicity in American Literature
  • HS 358 - African American History through the Civil War
  • HS 359 - African American History through Film
  • HS 360 - African American History Since Emancipation
  • HS 366 - The Civil Rights Era
  • HS 428 - The Making of the Early Republic: A Study of Race, Place, and Ideology
  • PL 399 - Anthropology of Slavery
  • PS 389 - African American Political Thought
  • TH 262 - African American Religious Thought

African Diaspora and Comparative Racial Studies

  • FR 205 - Living and Working in the French Caribbean Today
  • FR 304 - Introduction to Francophone Cultures
  • FR 305 - Living and Working in the French Caribbean Today
  • FR 330 - Introduction to Francophone Literature
  • FR 375 - Women's Voices in the Francophone World
  • HS 367 - Black Women in the Atlantic World
  • HS 417 - Germans in Africa, Africans in Germany
  • HS 461 - Seminar: The African Diaspora
  • ML 363 - Voices across America: A Symphony of Thought
  • PY 450 - Black Psychology
  • SC 105 - Education in U.S. Society
  • SC 365 - Neighborhood and Community in Urban America
  • SC 421 - Seminar: Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality
  • SC 471 - Minority Group Conflict

The electives listed below may count toward AAAS credit if the final paper or project significantly engages African, African American, or African diaspora studies. The student must seek approval in advance from the program director, and it is the student's responsibility to work with the course instructor to ensure that the final paper or project is on AAAS topics. Other courses may be approved for credit toward the AAAS minor if they significantly engage AAAS learning aims.

  • AH 204 - Islamic Art
  • CM 330 - Stereotypes in U.S. Film and Television
  • CM 347 - The Documentary Tradition
  • ED 344 - Race, Class, and Gender in Education
  • ED 466 - Language, Culture, and Literacy
  • EN 367 - Topics in American Literature
  • EN 376 - Postcolonial Literature
  • EN 384 - Topics in Postcolonial Literature
  • EN 385 - Seminar in Postcolonial Literature
  • EN 388 - Seminar in Multiethnic American Literature
  • FR 331 - Savoring Francophone Literature
  • FR 332 - Trauma and Testimony
  • FR 380 - Special Topics in French and Francophone Literature
  • HS 345 - The Peoples of Early America
  • HS 348 - The Civil War and Reconstruction
  • HS 463 - Seminar: Colonial British America
  • LW 409 - Special Topics in Law and Social Responsibility
  • MK 346 - Consumer Behavior
  • PS 351 - Third World Politics
  • PY 253 - Multicultural Issues in Psychology
  • SC 105 - Education in U.S. Society
  • SC 221 - Sociology of Race, Class, and Gender
  • SC 361 - Social Inequality
  • SC 362 - Global Inequalities
  • SC 420 - Seminar: Race, Class, and Social Construction of Opportunity
  • SN 373 - Literature and Identity Politics in Peru
  • SN 370 - Nineteenth-Century Latin American Novel
  • SP 312 - Cultural Diversity in Communication