African American Studies Minor
Program Description: The African American Studies (AAS) minor provides students an interdisciplinary approach to studying the experiences of people of African descent and to explore the historical, cultural, social, economic and political contexts that inform the daily lives and experiences of African Americans.
A minor in African American Studies requires students to complete a minimum of 18 semester hours of coursework. For the specific courses required for the AAS minor, please see the AAS Minor Check Sheet.
AAS 200: Introduction to African American Studies
An interdisciplinary study of important aspects of African American history and culture, highlighting the development of African American communities to the present. The objective is to conduct research, apply critical thinking skills, and articulate diverse historical perspectives in the context of African American history and culture. Topics include definitions of African American identity, influences, and achievements within American culture, as well as issues confronting African Americans.
AAS 301: Black Popular Culture
This course offers an interdisciplinary approach to critically examining the definitions of Black popular culture in the United States. The readings for this course will draw upon theory and concepts related to media studies, cultural studies, gender studies, and race studies in order to better understand the impact that the various mediums that serve to construct what is known as “popular culture” (music, television, film, art, etc.) play in the construction of “Blackness”. In particular, this course will focus on the historical relationship of Blacks to mainstream culture by encouraging students to critically examine “popular” representations of “Blackness” in order to better understand the complex issues related to Black identity, as well as explore their own participation in embracing and/or resisting “Black” representations and the impact of “Black” popular culture on their lived experiences.
AAS 302: Race, Class and Gender
This course offers an interdisciplinary approach to the ways in which gender, race and class intersect in today’s society while exploring how the intersection of these social categories impact the daily lives of African Americans in the United States. In particular, this course will focus on how these markers of difference are historically and socially constructed and how they have changed throughout the years. In order to better understand the complex nature of how race, class and gender intersect, this course will also analyze the multiple axes of power and domination and their relationship to the creation of privileged and unprivileged categories which shape our personal lives and experiences on a daily basis.
AAS 370: Special Topics in African American Studies
This course offers an interdisciplinary approach to a topic of special interest that is related to the history, daily lives and experiences of African Americans in the United States. The readings assigned for this course will draw upon theory and concepts related to the chosen topic. The specific focus of this special topics course will change each time the course is offered.
Dr. Wilson Fallin
Dr. Paul Mahaffey
Associate Professor and Chair, English and Foreign Languages
Dr. Amy Samuels
Assistant Professor, Instructional Leadership
Dr. Greg Samuels
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Assistant Professor, Secondary Education
Latin American Studies Minor
Program Description: The Latin American Studies minor speaks to the growing international importance of Latin America and the value of knowing something about Latin American history and culture in light of recent Hispanic immigration to Alabama and the Southeast.
A minor in Latin American Studies requires students to complete a minimum of 18 semester hours of coursework. For the specific courses required for the LAS minor, please see the LAS Minor Check Sheet.
Dr. John Bawden
Associate Professor, History
Dr. James McDonald
Dr. Eric Travis
Assistant Professor, Management
Dr. Rosa Maria Stoops
Dr. Eric Vaccarella
Assistant Professor, Spanish
Dr. Leonor Vázquez-González
As part of our commitment to diversity, inclusivity and equity, we will provide a library of diversity related resources (e.g. books, movies, articles, training materials) to help members of the campus community increase their understanding of important historical and current topics related to diversity, inclusion, equity and social justice.
We welcome resource recommendations that will enhance our collection. Please submit information to firstname.lastname@example.org.