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African American Studies

Trinity's African American studies minor gives students the tools to address difficult and timely issues related to race and ethnicity. The program helps our students meet the challenge of diversity in their communities, workplaces, and beyond.

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This interdisciplinary minor, requiring 18 semester hours, explores the history and culture of peoples of the African Diaspora and examines issues of critical importance to the making of the modern world. The curriculum primarily focuses on the American experience, however, courses go beyond United States borders to consider the connections between black people in Africa, Europe, and the Americas as a whole. Faculty who teach in this program are drawn from seven University departments, including communication, English, history, music, political science, religion, and sociology.

The student experience includes opportunities to conduct and present research at regional and national academic and student leadership conferences. In addition, students in the program have access to internships in city and state government offices, local cultural arts organizations, local marketing and publishing companies, public and private educational institutions, and social service institutions.

Trinity graduates who have minored in African American studies have launched careers in academia, marketing, non-profit management, and law.

Courses

African American Studies Core Courses

AFAM 1310 - Introduction to African American Studies
An exploration of key issues in African American studies from a multiple disciplinary perspective.

AFAM 3310 - African American Studies Internship
Supervised on-and off-campus work in an institution serving the African American community in greater San Antonio.

Completion of at least 9 hours from the core curriculum

AFAM 1310 - Introduction to African American Studies

ENGL 2373 - African American Literature

HIST 1300 - The African Experience

HIST 1370 - The African American Experience  through Reconstruction

HIST 1371 - The African American Experience Since Reconstruction

HIST 3304 - Religion in African History

HIST 3372 - Black Images in Film

MUSC 1349 - African-American Music

SOCI 3327 - Contemporary Minorities

Completion of remaining hours from the supporting courses

AFAM 3310 - African American Studies Internship

COMM 3325 - Special Topics in Communication Media: Race and Class in Media

ENGL 2303 - American Literature: Colonization to 1900

ENGL 2304 - American Literature: New Realism through the Moderns

ENGL 3371 - American Literature of the Nineteenth Century: The Turn of the Century

ENGL 4323 - Studies in American Literature: The Circum-Atlantic World

ENGL 4323 - Studies in American Literature: Harlem Renaissance

ENGL 2325 - Seminar in Literary Periods: Turn-of-the-Century African American
Literature

ENGL 4326 - Seminars on Individual Authors: Thomas Pynchon and Toni Morrison

HIST 1340 - Latin American Cultural Traditions

HIST 1360 - The History of the United States Through Reconstruction

HIST 1361 - The History of the United States Since Reconstruction

HIST 3300 - Gender Matters in African History

HIST 3374 - The Old South

HIST 3384 - Slavery and the Atlantic Economy

MUSC 1346 - Jazz History and Styles

PLSI 3302 - Minorities in U.S. Politics

PLSI 3352 - Civil Rights and Liberties

RELI 2318 - Religion and the Civil Rights Movement

Faculty

Minor Description: 

Trinity's African American studies minor gives students the tools to address difficult and timely issues related to race and ethnicity. The program helps our students meet the challenge of diversity in their communities, workplaces, and beyond.