The African and African American Studies Minor (AFAM) is the study, research, interpretation and dissemination of knowledge about the African/African Diaspora worlds that are found primarily in Africa, the United States, the Caribbean and South America but also among peoples of Asia and Europe. Interdisciplinary in both conception and practice, the AFAM program provides a challenging curriculum designed to critically examine the structure, organization, contributions, and perspectives of Africa and its peoples throughout the Diaspora. A major paradigm that informs the program’s curriculum is an African-Centered framework that proceeds from a position internal to the cultures of African peoples. This approach is used concurrently with an awareness of and openness to the variation and richness of the total human experience. Additionally, selected teaching and course materials are designed to provide students with a concise understanding of the specific history, heritage and culture of African Americans. With a strong commitment to teaching excellence, the primary goals of the African and African American Studies program are to:

  1. provide students with a comprehensive quality multicultural education and,
  2. provide students the opportunity for a creative intellectual experience based upon the critical and systematic study of the life, thought and practice of African peoples in their current and historical development.

The AFAM minor is currently housed in the Sociology Department.

Note: Sociology majors and minors may use as electives any of the courses offered through the African and African American Studies Program.

University Core Curriculum Requirements

General Education Distribution Area Cr. Hrs.
Fine Arts (FA)*
2 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: Art, CMT (Mass Media or Theatre), Music (includes Dance).
Humanities (HU)*
3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: CMT (Communication), English, Linguistics. Philosophy, Women's and Gender Studies, World Languages and Cultures, (Note: No more than two foreign language courses may be used to fulfill this requirement.)

Behavioral/Social Sciences (SB)*

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: African & African American Studies, Anthropology, Computer Science, Economics, Geography & Environmental Studies, History, Justice Studies, Latino & Latin American Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work


Natural Sciences (NS and NSL)**

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study; one course must have a laboratory component (NSL): Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physics (Note: If an FYE ANTH that counts as Natural Science is taken, only one Biology course may be used for Natural Science).


Engaged Learning Experiences  

Students must complete, at Northeastern, three courses designated as Engaged Learning Experiences courses. One of the Engaged Learning Experiences courses must be at the 300-level, and one Engaged Learning Experiences course must be designated as "Boundary Crossing".


Discipline Specific (ELE-DS)

These courses have pre-requisites that are specific courses within a program of study. Discipline Specific courses give students a deeper understanding of how knowledge is created and applied in their field.


Boundary Crossing (ELE-X)

These are courses that cross disciplinary boundaries and/or cross boundaries through engagements outside the classroom or University allowing students to see how knowledge gained in one field might inform other fields or other aspects of society.


Math/Quantitative Reasoning (MA)

1 Math course, that has intermediate Algebra as prerequisite OR is a course listed on the General Education Distributive Learning List of Approved Courses. Any 3 hour college level math course, beyond Intermediate Algebra, meets this requirement.


Students should also be aware of all other university requirements to obtain a degree - NEIU requirements

Minor in African and african american studies:

Required Courses:
AFAM-200Introduction To African And African American Studies3
AFAM-301Foundations Of African Civilizations3
AFAM-302Foundations Of Africans In The Diaspora3
Total Hours18

Electives must be chosen from the selected interdisciplinary list of courses shown below.

African and African American Studies
AFAM-109First Year Experience: Exploring Africa In Chicago3
AFAM-224Contemporary African Culture3
AFAM-303Global Collaborations-Ghana4
AFAM-319Prehistory of Africa3
AFAM-320Religion And Healing In Africa and the African Diaspora3
ANTH/AFAM-224Contemporary African Culture3
ANTH-225Peoples Of Mexico/Central America/Caribbean3
ANTH/AFAM-319Prehistory Of Africa3
ANTH-320Religion In Africa3
ANTH-365Anthropology Of Islam3
Communication, Media & Theatre
CMTT-335American Social Problem Plays3
ENGL-365Caribbean Literature3
ENGL-381African-American Literature3
ENGL-383Postcolonial African Literature3
Geography and Environmental Studies
GES-302CRegional Geography: Africa (Geography and Environmental Studies)3
HIST-111EWorld History: Africa3
HIST-329AAfrican American History To 18653
HIST-329BAfrican American History And Race Relations Since 18653
HIST-370Precolonial Sub-Saharan Africa3
HIST-371Nineteenth And Twentieth Century Africa3
HIST-372History Of Southern Africa, 1800-Present3
HIST-373Women & Gender In African History (History)3
Inner City Studies
ICSE-301Racism In Theory And Fact3
ICSE-304Communication In The Inner City3
Justice Studies
JUST-202Writing Intensive Program:Justice And Inequality3
JUST-314Police In The Minority Community3
JUST-331Law And Racism In America3
MUS-342World Music2
PHIL-364Critical Race Theory3
Political Science
PSCI-330African American Politics and Social Change3
PSCI-360Politics Of Sub-Saharan Africa3
PSCI-397African Political Thought3
PSYC-314Psychology Of The African American Family3
Social Work
SWK-202Community Analysis3
SWK-203Analysis Of Cross Culture Interaction3
SWK-250Issues In Social Service Delivery3
SWK-314Social Work Advocacy3
SOC-309Sociology Of Racism3
SOC-316Race And Ethnic Relations3
SOC-344African American Women:Feminism, Race, And Resistance3
SOC-349Black Social Movements3

In order to ensure that minors obtain a wide range of knowledge and analytical ability, students are required to take elective courses in, at minimum, two different disciplines. Students must consult with a program adviser to plan a sequence of study through elective courses.