Africana and African American Studies Minor:Overview
The Africana and African American Studies Minor encompasses the multidisciplinary and comparative study of African history and culture, and the study of the African Diaspora throughout the world, from Europe to Asia as well as to North and South America. The program recognizes the global and transnational dimensions of contemporary African Diasporic experiences in the United States, the Caribbean, and in Latin American nations. It thus offers a wide variety of courses that are taught across several disciplines in the university. Students are strongly encouraged to select courses reflecting the breadth of the offerings in the minor across the University of New Hampshire’s undergraduate curriculum.
Africana and African American Studies is a proud supporter of UNH's many interdisciplinary programs.
What is Africana and African American Studies?
Africana and African American Studies remains one of UNH's most exciting minors. The program presents strong offerings in Africana studies because an understanding of Africa is central to the study of the African Diaspora. The program also features many courses in African American studies because many aspects of African American history and culture have been central to the development of the United States, highlighting both the nation’s problems and its promise, and affecting virtually all areas of academic study through the years, from the humanities and social sciences to the sciences. Students are encouraged to take courses from a variety of departments and disciplines. The minor therefore is designed to serve the needs of all students, regardless of their ethnic or cultural background, complementing their work in their major fields of study while serving also as a focused corrective to traditionally marginalized approaches to Africana, African Diasporic, Caribbean, and African American experiences.