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African and African Diaspora Studies
Degree Requirements

NOTE: The degree requirements listed below are applicable to all students entering during academic year 2016-2017. Students who entered during a previous academic year should view the degree requirements in their entering year catalog in the catalog archives. Students who wish to switch to the 2016-17 major and minor requirements should submit a new Declaration of Major or Declaration of Minor form to the M Center.

African and African Diaspora Studies Minor
(a minimum of 18 semester course credits)


At least one core course selected from among the following:

ENG 043 Survey of African American Literature I (3)

ENG 117 20th-Century African American Literature (4)

ENG 147 Survey of 19th-Century African American Literature (4)

ETHS 052 African American Women’s History (3)

ETHS 150 Black Feminist Theory (3)*

FREN 102 Introduction to Francophone Literature (4)*

GOVT 142 African Politics (4)*

HIST 151 African American History Since Emancipation (3-4)

WGSS 106 Postcolonial Feminist Theory and Literature (3)

Five additional courses selected in consultation with advisor from among the core courses and the following courses:

ENG 157 African Literature (4)*

ETHS 039 Raices (Roots): Latin America and the Caribbean (3)*

ETHS 114 African Diasporic Representations in Film (4)*

ETHS 157 Race, Gender, and the Criminal Justice System (3-4)

FREN 168 Francophone Women's Writing from Martinique, Guadeloupe and Haiti (4)*

GOVT 141 Politics of Developing Nations (3)*

HIST 118 The Civil Rights Movement in the United States, 1941 to the Present (3-4)

LET 115 Reading African and Caribbean Literatures (3‑4)*

LET 142 French and Francophone Women Writers (3‑4)*

LET 149 Postcolonial Conditions: Contemporary Women's Writing from Africa (3-4)*

LET 155/255 Reading War in Postcolonial Literature from Africa (3)*

LET 166/266 National Literatures of Latin America (Cuba) (3)*

SOC 129 Race and Ethnic Relations (3)

SOC 146 Sociology of Hiphop (3-4)

SOC 156 Sociology of Oakland (3)

WGSS 175 Transnational Sexualities (3)*

Students may also count three semester course credits of music performance or dance technique courses toward one of the five additional from the courses required for the minor.

DNC 015/115 Jazz (1)

DNC 016/116 African Haitian and Dunham Technique (1)

MUS 029/129 African Drumming (1)

MUS 030/130 Vocal Jazz Improvisation Ensemble (1)

* Courses that cover a region other than the United States

Students must complete at least one course from the letters division and one course from the social sciences division. In addition, they must also complete at least two courses that deal with a region other than the United States. Special topics courses can be counted toward the minor with advisor approval.

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Last Updated: 3/11/16