The 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 cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the minor and in all UI courses for the minor. Course work in the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass. Course work completed for another major or minor may not be counted toward the minor in African American studies.

The minor must include the following course work.

Introductory Courses6
African American Studies Core9
History, Religion, and the Diaspora Course
Literature and Performing Arts Course
Media, Politics, and Social Institutions Course
Total Hours15

Introductory Courses

AFAM:1020/AMST:1030Introduction to African American Culture3
AFAM:1030Introduction to African American Society3

African American Studies Core

Students must complete one course from each of the three topical areas below (9 s.h.), with at least two courses taken at the University of Iowa. 

History, Religion, and the Diaspora

One of these:
AFAM:1250/RELS:1350Introduction to African American Religions3
AFAM:2265/HIST:2265Introduction to African American History3
AFAM:2730/RELS:2730African American Islam3
AFAM:3245/RELS:3745Twentieth-Century African American Religion: Civil Rights to Hip-Hop3
AFAM:3555/ENGL:3555Topics in African Cinema3
AFAM:3900Topics in African American Studies (when topic is history, religion, or the diaspora)arr.
AFAM:4195/HIST:4295African American History 1619-18653
AFAM:4275/HIST:4275History of Slavery in the U.S.A.3-4
AFAM:4298/HIST:4296African American History 1865-Present3
AFAM:4310/HIST:4710Pre-Colonial African History3
AFAM:4715/HIST:4715African History Since 18803
AFAM:7205/HIST:7205/GWSS:7205Gender and Race in Nineteenth-Century U.S.arr.
EPLS:5126Twentieth-Century Educational Movements2-3

Literature and Performing Arts

One of these:
AFAM:1240The Art of Listening to Jazz3
AFAM:1241The Soundtrack of Black America3
AFAM:1820Everybody is a Star: Black Celebrity Since 19683
AFAM:1830Music of the African American Diaspora3
AFAM:2014Giants of Jazz: Miles, Trane, and Duke3
AFAM:2465/ENGL:2465Selected African American Authors3
AFAM:2781/ENGL:2460Black Literature and Politics: Controversies of National Allegiance3
AFAM:3459/ENGL:3459African American Literature Before 19003
AFAM:3460/ENGL:3460African American Literature After 19003
AFAM:3462/ENGL:3462/THTR:3462African American Drama3
AFAM:3465/ENGL:3465African American Autobiography3
AFAM:3710/GWSS:3710African American Women Writers3
AFAM:3810/THTR:3410African American Theatre I3
AFAM:3811/THTR:3411African American Theatre II3
AFAM:3840/THTR:3403Free-Style Writing: Poetry, Plays, and Performances3
AFAM:3900Topics in African American Studies (when topic is literature or performing arts)arr.
AFAM:4710/ENGL:4410Midwest African American Literature and Culture3

Media, Politics, and Social Institutions

One of these:
AFAM:2064/SOC:2064Racial Inequity and the Experiences of African American Families in the U.S.3
AFAM:2070/COMM:2069Black TV Drama: The Wire3
AFAM:2076/COMM:2076Race, Ethnicity, and Media3
AFAM:2079/SPST:2079Race and Ethnicity in Sport3
AFAM:2500Black Culture and Experience: Contemporary Issues3
AFAM:3053/AMST:3053The Civil Rights Movement3
AFAM:3130Black American Cinema3
AFAM:3400/AMST:3400Black Popular Music3
AFAM:3500/RELS:3808Malcolm X, King, and Human Rights3
AFAM:3900Topics in African American Studies (when topic is media, politics, or social institutions)arr.
AFAM:3925/JMC:3165African Americans and the Media3
AFAM:4001/COMM:4172Television and African American Culture3