The interdisciplinary field of African-American Studies was first established in 1968 at San Francisco State University. UC San Diego began the African-American Studies minor (AASM) in the Fall of 2005, on the heels of a successful Contemporary Black Arts minor. As an interdisciplinary field of study in the humanities, arts, and social sciences, AASM explores the ways in which black people's experiences in America and throughout the African Diaspora are configured by economic, political and social forces as well as aesthetic dimensions expressed in music, art and literature.
Benefits of AASM
Completing an African-American Studies Minor at UCSD indicates your firm understanding of a major portion of US and African diasporic history, culture, and politics. Advantages of the AASM include:
- A richer understanding of African-American history and culture
- A broader perspective on theorizing and constructions of race and difference historically and in contemporary society
- Opportunity to diversify intellectual interests
- Strengthens writing and critical thinking skills that are beneficial regardless of your chosen career