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.
*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
Criminal Justice Courses
CJUS 303 Inequality, Discrimination, and Gender in Criminal Justice
COM 305 Minority Images in American Media
Religious Studies Courses
RST 221 African American Spirituality
Credits earned through AP examinations do not fulfill requirements of the minor.
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.
With the exception of internships, courses fulfilling minor requirements may not be taken pass/no pass.
Students may meet minor requirements with courses taken during study abroad.
The Africana Studies Program supports and encourages Trinity’s TELL Program. Students applying for experiential learning credit should consult with the program faculty.
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.