Africana Studies


Kimberly Monroe, Assistant Professor of Global Affairs


Trinity’s minor in Africana Studies is an interdisciplinary approach to studying and understanding the experiences of Africans and people of African descent throughout the Americas, Caribbean, and Latin America. The purpose of the Africana Studies Minor is to introduce students to the interdisciplinary and global understanding of the complex histories and diverse experiences of African people and their descendants. The courses will expand the worldview of students so that they can move beyond the limitations of Western thought about Blackness, migration, community, and human rights.

Students who complete the Africana Studies minor will be better prepared to tackle the rigors of careers in law, social work, media, nursing, education, and nonprofit management. Perhaps more importantly, the Africana Studies minor prepares students to become changemakers prepared to answer the call of Trinity’s mission to advance the principles of equity, justice, and honor.

An Africana Studies concentration is also available in the Global Affairs major program offered in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Minor Requirements

*asterisk indicates courses that count toward General Education Requirement

Required Courses (3 credits)
*AFST 200 Intro to Africana Studies

English Elective (3 credits)

One English course is required. Please choose from one of the following:
ENGL 220 African American Literature
ENGL 271 Literature of the African Diaspora
ENGL 273 African American Poetry
ENGL 341 Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance
ENGL 372 19th Century African-American Narrative
ENGL 373 African American Women Writers
ENGL 374 The Films of Spike Lee
ENGL 378 African American Women in Film
ENGL 470 Wright, Ellison, and Baldwin
ENGL 471 The Major Works of Octavia Butler
ENGL 475 Immigration, Identity, and Politics
ENGL 476 Seminar on Toni Morrison

Additional electives related to Africana Studies (12 credits)

Choose FOUR additional courses across disciplines from the list below. Student can also select from the English offerings above:

Global Affairs Courses
*HIS 138 The African Diaspora
HIS 339 African American History
HIS 343 20th Cent African American Liberation Movement
HIS 345 Civil Rights Movement in the Twentieth Century
HIS 371 Modern Africa
GLBL 250 Human Geography Seminar
GLBL 310 Global Hip Hop: NYC to the World
POLS 201 Civil Rights and Liberties
POLS 337 Comparative Politics: Africa

Philosophy Courses

PHIL 226
PHIL 231 Current Issues in Social and Political Philosophy
PHIL 491 Internship

Sociology Courses

SOCY 321 Inequality and Society
SOCY 323 Race and Racism in Society
SOCY 333 Women and the Developing World
SOCY 361 The Black Family

Psychology Courses
PSYC 314 African-Centered Psychology
PSYC 385 Ethnic & Cross Cultural-Psychology

Criminal Justice Courses
CJUS 303 Inequality, Discrimination, and Gender in Criminal Justice

Communication Courses
COM 305 Minority Images in American Media

Fine Arts Courses
FNAR 103 African American Art I
FNAR 104 African American Art II

Program Policies

Advanced Placement:
Credits earned through AP examinations do not fulfill requirements of the minor.

CLEP Policy:
Credits earned through CLEP examinations do not fulfill requirements of the minor.

Grades in Required Courses:
Students are required to earn a grade of “C” (2.0) or better in all courses counted to fulfill requirements for the minor.

Pass/No Pass:
With the exception of internships, courses fulfilling minor requirements may not be taken pass/no pass.

Study Abroad:
Students may meet minor requirements with courses taken during study abroad.

TELL Policy:
The Africana Studies Program supports and encourages Trinity’s TELL Program. Students applying for experiential learning credit should consult with the program faculty.

Transfer Credits:
Transfer credit from appropriately accredited institutions of higher learning may be counted for minor requirements, dependent on program review and approval. Associations recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHEA) confer appropriate accreditation; these associations include but are not limited to regional accreditors.