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Africana Studies

The Department of Africana Studies offers a minor in Africana studies for undergraduates enrolled in any college of the university. Students minoring in Africana studies must complete required courses offered by the Department of Africana Studies and from approved courses offered in other academic areas. The minor is intended for students who want to develop a specialty in Africana studies that will complement their existing areas of study.


Is the minor for you?

A minor in Africana studies will provide students the unique opportunity to explore and learn about the cultural, social and historical experiences of people of African origin. Africana studies is inherently interdisciplinary and global in perspective. Students who minor in Africana studies must complete coursework offered by the Department of Africana Studies and from approved courses offered by other academic units throughout the university. A minor in Africana studies is a perfect complement to any major and is designed to attract students who seek intensive studies on the diverse cultures of Africa and the African Diaspora.



Quick Info

Program Code


Real-World Learning Components

Optional internship(s), Research


1 years

Admission Criteria



Main Campus


Africana Studies
McMicken College of Arts and Sciences


3623 French Hall
2815 Commons Way
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0370
Carolette Norwood
Phone: 513-556-0358

Career Possibilities

Not only can the minor in Africana studies benefit students preparing for graduate programs in liberal arts disciplines, the minor can be used in conjunction with a traditional major to prepare for many professions. With the growing emphasis on multi-cultural education in the United States, a minor in Africana studies is an added advantage to students interested in teaching careers. Students preparing for careers in business might apply the minor to marketing careers where skills of working with diverse populations are in increasing demand. Students entering social service positions where knowledge of an African American clientele is a must might find the minor useful in supplementing their pre-professional or technical training. Africana studies courses take a global perspective. All students might benefit from a minor that stresses global issues.

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.


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Curriculum Guide Versions:

Africana Studies Minor Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    Africana Studies Minor Requirements
    • AFST1001, Introduction To Africana Studies, DC, 3
    • AFST3020, Community Engagement and Service Learning (The "It Takes a Village" Program), 3
    • AFST2xxx, Four AFST courses at 2000 level or above, 12
    • AFST2xxx, 2000 level course(s) or above, 12

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Students in McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-extensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Admission Requirements

Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the minor to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the minor using our online form.

In addition, you must file the Application to Minor in Africana Studies form so that the department is aware that you are pursuing the minor and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your minor.


Graduation Requirements

If you have declared the minor, it will appear on your application for graduation. Apply for graduation as you normally would for your bachelor’s degree.


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