2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalogue 
    Jan 22, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalogue

African and African American Studies Minor

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Contact: Raenita Fenner, Associate Professor of Engineering
Office: Donnelly Science Center, Room 162
Telephone: 410-617-2512
Email: rafenner@loyola.edu
Website: www.loyola.edu/academics/african-american-studies

The Minor in African and African American Studies (AAAS) offers opportunities for critical examination and sophisticated understanding of the cultural, social, political, economic, and historical factors that have created and shaped Africa and its diaspora, including black experiences in the United States, the Caribbean, and throughout the globe.

Completion of the minor requires completion of (1) six, three-credit courses and (2) a portfolio of representative work in the minor, submitted to program director in the final year.  Students should work with the program director, in addition to their major advisor, to devise a coherent program of study. Meeting once per semester with the director is suggested.

Course Requirements for the Minor

Requirements for the minor are as follows:

  • One African Studies Elective
  • Two African American Studies Electives
  • Three African, African American, African Diaspora, and/or Comparative Racial Studies Electives.

Check the semester bulletin for courses which count toward the minor.  In addition, the following can count toward the AAAS minor with prior approval from the program director:

  • A senior seminar or capstone project.
  • Up to three study-abroad courses, in consultation with the Department accepting the credit.
  • Service-learning courses which entail working with African American or African diaspora populations in the greater Baltimore area.
  • Internship courses offered through a student's major. (Up to two internships may count toward graduation requirements. See the Internship Policy for more information.)
  • Individual courses taken at Loyola where a substantial aspect of the course (i.e. - final project or alike) significantly engages with topics relevant to AAAS.
  • Up to two courses offered through the Baltimore Student Exchange Program at other area colleges and universities.

Portfolio Requirements for the Minor

A portfolio of representative work in the minor, submitted to the program director in the final year, is required.  Students are required to work with the program director to compile and submit the selection of representative work from various AAAS approved courses.  The portfolio should be submitted (1) in PDF format and (2) be completely self-contained within a single document with appropriate bookmarks.

Portfolio requirements and deadlines include:

  • A required meeting with the program director by midterm of the semester prior to expected graduation.  At this meeting, the student should present an outline of the proposed items to be included in the portfolio. 
  • In the student's final semester (March if graduation is in the spring semester or October if graduation is in the fall semester), the student will submit their final portfolio to the program director.  The portfolio should include:
  • An opening statement which will serve as (1) a summation of the portfolio and (2) a reflection of their course of study in the AAAS program. This statement should be 2-3 pages in total length.
  • A minimum of three (3) items from three (3) distinct courses which are representative of their best work.


AAAS Approval Required:

The electives listed below may count toward AAAS credit if the final paper or project significantly engages African, African American, or African diaspora studies. The student must seek approval in advance from the program director, and it is the student's responsibility to work with the course instructor to ensure that the final paper or project is on AAAS topics. Other courses may be approved for credit toward the AAAS minor if they significantly engage AAAS learning aims.

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