University Catalog 2023-2024

Africana Studies (Minor)

To see more about what you will learn in this program, visit the Learning Outcomes website!

The Africana Studies minor provides a comparative and interdisciplinary study of the Black experience in Africa and the Americas. Three required courses include an introduction to African Civilizations (AFS 240 African Civilization), Introduction to African American Studies (AFS 241 Introduction to African American Studies), and Introduction to the African Diaspora (AFS 342 Introduction to the African Diaspora). Two elective courses may be selected from a list of designated courses in such disciplines as anthropology, communication, English, history, political science, psychology, social work, and sociology. The minor is designed to bring together students from diverse backgrounds and curricula who share a common interest in the global experience of African people. No courses for the minor may be taken for S/U credit.


To be admitted to the program, a student must have a GPA of at least 2.0. Application for admission to any University minor program is now available via MyPack Portal. Admission will be based upon the student’s academic record, and in most cases no longer requires departmental review. To apply, go to Add a Minor.


The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her degree program. Certification should be completed no later than during the registration period for the student’s final semester at NC State.

Contact Person

Dr. Haddy Njie

Plan Requirements 

  • A minimum grade of ‘C’ (2.0) or better must be achieved in each course counting towards the minor.
  • A maximum of one (1) course may be used (double-counted) towards both departmental major requirements and minor requirements.
Required Courses
AFS 240African Civilization3
AFS 241Introduction to African American Studies3
AFS 342Introduction to the African Diaspora3
AFS/WGS 380Black Feminist Theory3
Elective Courses
Select two of the following:6
Survey of African-American Literature
Introduction to History of South and East Africa
Introduction to History of West Africa
Racial and Ethnic Relations
African American Religions
Leadership in African American Communities
Psychology and the African American Experience
Black Popular Culture
African Literature in English
African-American History Through the Civil War, 1619-1865
African-American History Since 1865
African American Cinema
Black Political Participation in America
Issues in the African Diaspora
African-American Literature
History of the Civil Rights Movement
History of the Republic of South Africa
Leadership in Modern Africa
Africa (sub-Saharan) in the Twentieth Century
Study Abroad in Africana Studies
People and Cultures of Africa
Black Political Philosophy
African American Families: History, Tradition, and Community
Total Hours18