Program Overview

Dwonna Goldstone | AAS Director

The African American Studies (AAS) Minor at Texas State University began in August 2019, with Dr. Dwonna Naomi Goldstone as the first director. Housed under the Center for Diversity and Gender Studies (CDGS), the AAS Minor is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on the Black experience in the United States and throughout the African diaspora.

Your studies will help you critically understand, conduct research, and interpret complex histories, societies, and cultures of people of African descent.

In this highly interactive program, you will read novels, study history, explore politics, and watch films as you delve into the disciplinary diversity of the African American Studies Minor.

The program requires 18 semester credit hours, with 6 hours of required courses and 12 hours of prescribed electives.

Your two required courses are: AAS 2310: Introduction to African American Studies and AAS 4320: Global Perspectives on the African Diaspora.

With more than 40 elective courses to choose from, this minor gives you the flexibility to pursue a path that complements your major. Find out how your African American Studies Minor can be used in the real world.

Your exploration of the intersection of race/ethnicity/culture with politics, the arts, religion, psychology, and gender will expand your understanding of America and of the world.