Minor in Africana Studies

The Minor requires a minimum of 15 credits, with grades of C or better in every course. Learn from nationally recognized public intellectuals, award-winning educators, and be inspired by hands-on mentors.  Our classes engender in students a sense of identity and purpose. Apprenticing many of whom are first-generation college students, our faculty have helped countless of students visualize their own professional goals, and pursue educational opportunities that result in purposeful employment, merit-based scholarships, summer research experiences, legislative internships, best paper awards, travel grants, etc.

What we offer:

  • You will learn from some of UConn’s best teachers and mentors as well as trailblazers in their respective fields.
  • You will enhance your critical thinking and writing, analysis and communication skills.
  • There are opportunities to study abroad in Ghana and Kenya for course credit.
  • Faculty pairing: 1:1 academic advising, career mentoring, and research opportunities.

Academic Program Options

UConn’s undergraduate education in Africana Studies spans many fields, with a range of courses in five areas: 1) Black History, 2) Black Diasporic and Global Perspectives, 3) Race, Society and Health, 4) Black Arts, Literature, and Culture, and 5) Black Politics and Social Justice).

Minor in Africana Studies

  • A maximum of 3 credits towards the minor may be transfer credits of courses equivalent to University of Connecticut courses.
  • Substitutions are not possible for required courses in a minor.

Africana Studies Minor Plan of Study 24-25. Download here.

Minor in African Studies

The Minor requires a minimum of 15 credits, with grades of C or better in every course. Intermediate proficiency in an approved language other than English is required, completed through four semesters of a college-level language sequence or by examination, complemented by unique study abroad opportunities in African countries. See, for example, Experiential Global Learning.

African Studies Minor Plan of Study 23-24. Download here.

Double Majors, Additional Degrees, and Minors

Adding a second major is a lot easier than many students think.  A growing number of pre-medical students in the sciences add Africana Studies to their degree program. By gaining broad, interdisciplinary training in Africana Studies, pre-med students are able to bring a heightened sense of awareness or cultural competency to the practice of medicine. Students interested in adding Africana Studies as a double major, an additional degree, or a minor can contact the Associate Director of ASI to discuss the major, requirements, and timeline for graduation.

If you are planning to be a double major, please visit Academic Services Center to obtain and complete the Double Major form. The form is located in the menu bar under "Forms."