Minor in African American Studies

The undergraduate minor in African American studies requires a minimum of 15 s.h., including 12 s.h. taken at the University of Iowa. At least two of the African American studies core courses must be taken at the University of Iowa. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the minor and in all UI courses for the minor. Coursework in the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass. Coursework completed for another major or minor may not be counted toward the minor in African American studies.

Students are required to complete following two introductory courses:

  • AFAM:1020/AMST:1030 - Introduction to African American Culture
  • AFAM:1030 - Introduction to African American Society

Minors must also take one course in each of the following three topical areas: Literature and Performing Arts; History, Religion, and the Diaspora; and Media, Politics, and Social Institutions.   Two of the three topical area courses must be taken at The University of Iowa.

Listed below are the general categories of coursework required to earn the degree; for more specific information on courses, curriculum, and requirements of the minor in African American studies, visit the UI General Catalog.

Degree Requirements
Title Hours
Introductory Courses 6
African American Studies Core 9
Total Hours 15