Undergraduate Minor

African and African American Studies Minor

The critical scholarly inquiry, mentored research, outward-facing programming, communication skills, global perspective, and commitment to justice long associated with African and African American Studies both draws on and enriches (often through deeply engaged criticism) the best of the liberal arts tradition.

The African and African American Studies minor is an interdisciplinary course of study drawing on disciplines from the Humanities and Social Sciences. Students focus on issues concerning (but not limited to) the origins of humankind; histories of race, slavery and empire; studies of African and African American culture, religion and philosophy; and race, anti-blackness and racialization. Race as a general social-cultural category informs and influences the dynamics of our social world. From national politics and foreign policy, to economic developments, to community sustainability and environmental issues, to cultural clashes and claims and more, race and its implications are critically important. Consequently, formal attention to studying race and racialization holds tremendous value. Grasping the history and various dynamics of race/racialization as well as how they operate in the present enhances a Rice education, and helps to prepare students across a broad range of fields, interests, commitments and professions.

Goal of the Minor

The African and African American Studies minor provides students with resources and opportunity to think about key issues and themes within African and African American Studies in ways that enrich their overall education. The minor also provides key competencies that will enhance students' subsequent professional and community life. Upon completion of the minor, students will be able to:

  • Understand and appreciate the complexity of African and African American history and culture;
  • Compare and contrast the experiences of African peoples in different regions of the continent;
  • Understand the role of Africa and African peoples in the diaspora in global histories and networks;
  • Understand and employ key concepts and frameworks utilized in African and African American Studies.

Requirements for the Minor

  • Students must take at least six courses (18 credit hours);
  • Students must take the interdisciplinary core course;
  • At least three courses must be at the 300 level or higher;
  • Students must take at least two List A courses from two different departments and two List B courses from two different departments. Courses selected must reflect offerings from both the School of Humanities and the School of Social Sciences;
  • No more than two courses (6 credit hours) can apply from transfer credits.

COURSES

For information about courses, check with your undergraduate advisor and see the General Announcements, Rice University's official catalog of courses, degrees, policies and curricular requirements.

Core Course

AAAS 200 KNOWING BLACKNESS: INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN AND AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES

Elective Courses

Choose at least two from List A from two different departments and two from list B from two different departments.

LIST A

ANTH 312 AFRICAN PREHISTORY

ANTH 343 NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS IN AFRICA

ANTH 360 TOPICS IN AFRICAN CULTURE AND ETHNOGRAPHY 

ANTH 364 AFRICAN ARCHAEOLOGY FIELD TECHNIQUES

ANTH 423 AFRICAN MYTHS AND RITUALS

FREN 324 FROM DECOLONIZATION TO GLOBALIZATION

HIST 204 THE IDEA OF AFRICA

HIST 222 HISTORY OF EARLY AFRICA

HIST 223 HISTORY OF MODERN AFRICA

HIST 229 HISTORY OF SOUTH AFRICA

HIST 323 HISTORY OF ATLANTIC AFRICA

HIST 330 TRANSATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE AND THE ORIGINS OF AFRO AMERICA

HIST 343 HISTORY OF AFRICA IN THE MUSEUM

RELI 111 INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN RELIGIONS

RELI 113 INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIANITY IN AFRICA

RELI 338 THE CHURCH OF AFRICA

RELI 340 THEOLOGY IN AFRICA

RELI 342 NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS IN AFRICA

RELI 348 CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM IN AFRICA

RELI 423 AFRICAN MYTHS AND RITUALS

RELI 424 RELIGION AND POLITICS IN AFRICA

LIST B

ANTH 443 ANTHROPOLOGY OF RACE, ETHNICITY AND HEALTH

EDUC 304 RACE, CLASS, GENDER IN EDUCATION

ENGL 267 INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE

ENGL 370 / SWGS 370 AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE

ENGL 393 BLACK MANHATTAN: 1915-1940

ENGL 398 SLAVERY IN 20TH CENTURY FILM AND FICTION

ENGL 399 THE BLACK IMAGINARY: 1775 TO PRESENT

ENGL 470 / SWGS 453 STUDIES IN AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE

FREN 413 BLACK VENUS/VÉNUS NOIRE: REPRESENTATIONS OF BLACK WOMEN IN THE LONG 19TH CENTURY

FREN 478 THE CARIBBEAN IN FRENCH

HIST 111 RED, WHITE AND BLACK IN EARLY AMERICA: CREATING RACIAL IDENTITIES IN THE ERA OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

HIST 188 THE ATLANTIC WORLD: ORIGINS TO THE AGE OF REVOLUTION

HIST 208 RACE AND MEDICINE IN AMERICA HISTORY

HIST 209 AMERICAN URBAN HISTORY: 1609 TO TODAY

HIST 215 BLACKS IN THE AMERICAS

HIST 216 BLACK LIFE IN THE 19TH CENTURY UNITED STATES

HIST 295 THE AMERICAN SOUTH

HIST 301 FIGHTING THE ATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE

HIST 315 BLACKS IN THE AMERICA

HIST 330 TRANSATLANTIC SLAVE TRADE AND THE ORIGINS OF AFRO AMERICA

HIST 347 BLACK AMERICA: FROM NADIR THROUGH THE GREAT DEPRESSION

HIST 407 THE RISE AND FALL OF SLAVERY IN THE ATLANTIC WORLD: 1791-1888

HIST 421 RACE, EDUCATION AND SOCIETY IN THE URBAN SOUTH

HIST 427 HISTORY OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT: 1954 TO THE PRESENT

HIST 484 THE BLACK CITY: AFRICAN AMERICAN URBAN LIFE IN THE UNITED STATES

POLI 325 AFRICAN AMERICAN POLITICS

POLI 330 MINORITY POLITICS

POLI 350 URBAN LAB HOUSTON

POLI 438 RACE AND PUBLIC POLICY

RELI 157 RELIGION AND HIP HOP CULTURE IN AMERICA

RELI 216 RELIGION AND BLACK LIVES MATTER

RELI 270 INTRODUCTION TO THE BLACK CHURCH IN THE UNITED STATES

RELI 312 THE RELIGIOUS THOUGHT OF MARTIN L. KING, JR., AND MALCOLM X

RELI 357 WHAT'S RELIGIOUS ABOUT BLACK RELIGION?

RELI 426 RELIGION AND LITERATURE IN AFRICA

SOCI 308 HOUSTON: THE SOCIOLOGY OF A CITY

SOCI 309 RACE AND ETHNIC RELATIONS

SOCI 329 MULTIRACIAL AMERICA

SOCI 343 RACE, SOCIETY AND POPULATION CHANGE

SOCI 363 AFRICAN AMERICAN-JEWISH RELATIONS: RACE, RELIGION, POLITICS AND POPULAR CULTURE

SOCI 374 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY OF PREJUDICE

SOCI 389 RACE, GENDER, CLASS ON FILM

SOCI 402 RACE AND FAMILY SEMINAR

SOCI 424 RACE AND ETHNICITY SEMINAR

SOCI 436 RESEARCH SEMINAR: THE HOUSTON AREA SURVEY

SOCI 453 RACE, MIGRATION, AND HEALTH SEMINAR

SOCI 470 INEQUALITY AND URBAN LIFE

SOCI 485 IDENTITIES IN A DIVERSE WORLD

SWGS 374 FEMINIST AND QUEER THEORY IN THE AFRICAN DIASPORA

SWGS 377 RACE, POWER AND THE POLITICS OF PLACE

FWIS 113 RACE, POLICY AND RACIAL CHANGE IN AMERICA

FWIS 132 SLAVERY ON FILM