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African American Studies Minor

The African American Studies Minor (AASM) at UC San Diego is an interdisciplinary field of study in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. AASM is a scholarly examination of African American life, history, and culture as it has taken shape within the United States and helped to transform the nation. 

 This approach provides students with robust analytic skills to examine the ways in which African Americans’ multifaceted realities and powerful legacies have shaped and continue to evolve within the current national and international contexts.

 Questions? Students please contact the African American Studies Program via the Virtual Advising Center (VAC).

Requirements

Including a core course (AAS 10, ETHN 3, HILD 7A, or LTEN 27), students will complete twenty-eight total (28) units of which at least twenty (20) units, or five (5) courses, must be upper division. The required distribution of the five (5) upper division courses may be selected from the AASM Course Catalog, or seen by viewing the drop down menu below for a list of AASM-approved course offerings by quarter. Students may petition to receive credit for courses not listed below. For more information on petitions, please visit the FAQ tab on our website. 

To track your individual progress toward the completion of the minor, students should reference their personal African American Studies Minor Checklist (Fillable PDF) and schedule a meeting with the AASM Program Coordinator, via the Virtual Advising Center (VAC) if they have any questions

How to Declare Minor

How to Declare Minor

  1. Read the general university requirements for a minor 
  2. Log in to the Major/Minor Tool and submit the declaration; see the sample declaration provided below.
  3. Allow two (2) business days for your minor declaration to be reviewed. Check your degree audit to confirm your declaration of the minor was processed.  
  4. Message the AASM Program Coordinator through the Virtual Advising Center (VAC) if you have questions about your degree audit or would like to petition a course toward the minor. For more information on petitions, please visit the FAQ tab on our website.
  5. Schedule a time to speak with the AASM Program Coordinator, via Zoom to review your African American Studies Minor Checklist (Fillable PDF).

Proposed Minor Courses

See the sample provided below to gain familiarity with the minor requirements. Please list seven (7), four-unit courses (twenty-eight units (28)), of which include taking one core course (AAS 10, LTEN 27, ETHN 3, or HILD 7A) and six (6) elective courses. Five (5) of those electives must be upper division courses, and no more than three (3) of those upper division courses can be from a single department.

Also, you can list specific courses you have already completed and are AASM-approved electives. Please review the AASM Course Catalog for a list of approved courses that you can use to apply toward the minor.

1-2 Lower-Division Courses (one LD core course is required: AAS 10, LTEN 27, ETHN 3, or HILD 7A)
Subject Code Course No. Title Institution Units Grade Options
AAS 10 Intro to African American Studies UC San Diego 4.00 Letter
ANTH 21 LD Program Elective (optional) UC San Diego 4.00 Letter

5-6 Upper-Division Courses (20 units or 5, 4-unit UD courses required)
Subject Code Course No. Title Institution Units Grade Options
COMM 138 UD Program Elective UC San Diego 4.00 Letter
ETHN 147 UD Program Elective UC San Diego 4.00 Letter
MUS 151 UD Program Elective UC San Diego 4.00 Letter
SOCI 152 UD Program Elective UC San Diego 4.00 Letter
USP 165 UD Program Elective UC San Diego 4.00 Letter
TBA 1XX UD Program Elective UC San Diego 4.00 Letter