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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

African, African American and Diaspora Studies Minor

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Dr. David Babcock, Co-coordinator
Phone: (540) 568-7058

Dr.Talé Mitchell, Co-coordinator
Phone: (540) 568-4918


The minor in African, African American and Diaspora Studies (AAAD) broadens students’ world perspectives by enhancing their understanding of the peoples, identities and institutions of Africa and the African Diaspora. The AAAD program employs interdisciplinary approaches to analyze Africa and the African Diaspora in a global context. Courses taken to fulfill program requirements are drawn from several departments in the humanities, social sciences and sciences. Students in the program will examine the key disciplines, concepts, methods and topics in African, African American and Diaspora studies.

The AAAD minor is open to all JMU undergraduate students. Courses taken to complete the minor may also be used to satisfy the student’s major, with the permission of the major adviser, as well as General Education  requirements.

The AAAD minor requires:

  • Successful completion of 19 credit hours according to the requirements listed below.
  • No more than nine hours from a single discipline.

Choose five, one of which must be at the 400 level: 15 Credit Hours

Total: 19 Credit Hours


1 Course topic and content must focus on the peoples of Africa and/or the African Diasporas as well as be approved by the program coordinator(s).

2 Research must have an African and/or African Diaspora focus.

Additional Information

Other appropriate courses not listed above may be considered for the minor. Consult with program coordinators.

In addition to taking these courses, students are encouraged to participate in travel or study programs to Africa, the Caribbean and other relevant areas. Students who want to earn credit hours through participation in an accredited travel/study program are encouraged to do so with prior approval of the coordinators.

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