About AASM

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
Additionally, selecting a minor like African-American Studies will also strengthen your candidacy for graduate and professional schools. Nearly all top programs in the nation are stressing diversity of background and of academic experience as they round out their respective entry classes. Admissions officers will see a greater range of intellectual and cultural diversity within your profile.

Starting October 1, 2016, all academic advising inquiries made to the African American Studies Minor must be completed through the Virtual Advising Center (VAC).African American Studies Minor

Faculty Director

Dennis R. Childs
Literature Building, Room 426

Program Coordinator

Mya D. Hines
Humanities & Social Sciences, Room 1105
(858) 534-3856

Office Hours (Fall, Winter & Spring): 
Mondays, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Black Resource Center