Loyola University Maryland

African and African American Studies


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, and a portfolio submission of representative work in the minor. Requirements for the minor are as follows:

  • 3 credits: African studies elective
  • 6 credits: African American studies elective
  • 9 credits: Electives in African, African American, African diaspora, and/or comparative racial studies including any combination of:
    • courses from any of the lists below;
    • courses approved for credit toward the AAAS minor listed in each semester course bulletin;
    • study-abroad courses approved for AAAS elective credit (requires program director advance approval); or
    • senior seminar, capstone, or internship course in the student’s major that significantly engages AAAS topics (requires program director advance approval).
  • Portfolio of representative work in the minor, submitted to program director in the final year

Credits toward the minor must come from at least three distinct disciplines; at least four courses must be at the 300-level or above; 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.

Students should work with the program director, in addition to their major advisors, to work out a coherent program of study. Meeting at least once 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.

Electives in African Studies
AH202 African Art  
HS308 White Man’s Burden: Colonialism and the Historical Origins of Racism
HS373   Africa: Past and Present
HS388 Conquest and Colonization in Africa: 1884-1965
HS389 Women and Social Change in Modern Africa
HS443  Apartheid and Its Demise in South Africa
HS480  Seminar: Cold War in Southern Africa
ML270 Introduction to African Literature
PS302 African Politics  

Electives in African American Studies
AH207 African-American Art  
CM374  Documentary Production: Baltimore Stories
EN367   Race and Ethnicity in American Literature
EN373 African American Literature
HS106  The Making of the Modern World: Africa
HS358   African-American History through the Civil War
HS359 African Americans and Jazz
HS360 African-American History Since Emancipation
HS366 The Civil Rights Crusade
HS428 The Making of the Early Republic: A Study of Race, Place, and Ideology
PL399 Anthropology of Slavery
PS389 African-American Political Thought  
TH262  African-American Religious Thought

Additional Electives in African Diaspora and Comparative Racial Studies
FR205  Living and working in the French Caribbean Today
FR304   Introduction to Francophone Cultures
FR305 Living and Working in the French Caribbean Today
FR330  Introduction to Francophone Literature
FR375   Women’s Voices in the Francophone World
 FR376  Outsiders in Sub-Saharan Francophone Literature
HS367   Black Women in the Atlantic World
HS461  Seminar: The African Diaspora
HS406 Transatlantic Slave Sites: Study Tour
HS424 Race, Place, and Memory in American History
HS485  Seminar: Comparative Slavery in the Americas
LW409 Race and Gender in Employment (Special Topics)
ML363 Voices across America
Education in U.S. Society
 SC365  Neighborhood and Community in Urban America
SC421 Seminar: Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality  
SC471  Minority Group Conflict


AAAS Approval Required
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.
AH204 Islamic Art
CM330 Stereotypes in U.S. Film and Television
CM347  The Documentary Tradition
CM366 Reporting on Urban Affairs
EC348 Development Economics
EN367 Topics in American Literature (e.g., representing segregation, impersonating race, jazz literature)
EN376 Post-Colonial Literature
EN384 Topics in Post-Colonial Literature
EN385 Seminar in Post-Colonial Literature
EN388  Seminar in Multiethnic American Literature
HS345 The Peoples of Early America
HS348 The Civil War and Reconstruction
HS361 Merchants and Farmers, Planters and Slaves: The Roots of American Business, 1600-1850
HS463 Colonial British America
LW409  Special Topics in Law and Social Responsibility (Race and Gender in Employment)
MK346 Buyer Behavior
PY253 Multicultural Issues in Psychology
SC204 The Family
SC221 Sociology of Race, Gender, and Class
SC307  Male and Female Roles
SC361 Social Inequality
SC362 Global Inequality
SN345  Hispanic Caribbean Literature
SN351 Literature and Identity Politics in Peru
SN370 19th-Century Latin American Novel
SP312  Cultural Diversity in Communication
PS351 Third World Politics

Other courses may be approved for credit toward the AAAS minor if they significantly engage AAAS learning aims. Check the course bulletin each semester.

An international, service-learning, or internship course is recommended. Study-abroad courses must be in Africa or in a black-majority location in the diaspora (e.g., Guadeloupe); up to three study-abroad courses can count toward the AAAS minor, in consultation with the Department accepting the credit. Service-learning is integral to courses designated as such, which entails working with African American or African diaspora populations in the greater Baltimore area. Internship courses are offered through a student’s major and it is the student’s responsibility to seek program director approval for AAAS credit. Students may also take up to two courses offered through the Baltimore Student Exchange program at other area colleges and universities; however, these courses must be pre-approved by the program director.