Scholars are required to complete a minor in Africana Studies as part of meeting the requirements of the Olaniyan Scholars Program.  The minor in Africana Studies requires the completion of 15 credit hours or 5 (3 credit) classes, which can be completed before or during the 4 years a student participates in the Olaniyan Scholars Program:

  • AFRO A140: Introduction to African American and African Diaspora Studies (3 credits)
  • AFRO A200: Research in African and African Diaspora Studies (3 credits)
  • One of the following courses: (3 credits)
  • AFRO A152: Introduction to African Studies
  • AFRO A306:  Globalization, Struggle, and Empowerment in the African Diaspora
  • And 6 credit hours from a list of electives in the Africana Studies Program or cross-listed with other departments/programs.  (If there is a course you wish to take that is not already cross-listed with Africana Studies, please see the program director for permission before you take the course).

In addition to courses offered by the Africana Studies Program, elective courses are divided into three areas of concentration – Africa; Latin America & the Caribbean; and North America.  Students earning a minor in Africana Studies may take courses in any of these concentrations.  New courses may be added to the list of approved electives with approval from the director of Africana Studies as they become available.  Students can also consider majoring (or double-majoring) in Africana Studies, which make it even easier to fulfill the terms of study of the Olaniyan Scholars Program.  However, majoring in Africana Studies is not a requirement to maintain good standing in the program.