Minor in Music and Society—Africana Studies Track

The Center

Through the music and society minor Africana studies track, students explore the disciplines of Africana studies, black studies, and cultural studies. Students evaluate the racial and ethnic identities as presented by artists, musical groups, and society in general as they gain awareness of race as part of the multifaceted nature of identity. Students analyze the impact of African-American and African music on American music, as well as on music from other countries. The minor encourages students to analyze the impact of race and ethnicity in the presentation, representation, and interpretation in the performance and promotion of music. Students also examine the historical and sociological constructs of race and ethnicity as they draw insights from fields across the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. The music and society minor Africana studies track also provides students with the theoretical and methodological skills necessary to understand a rapidly changing and increasingly complex and interconnected world.

Entrance Requirements

LENG-111:  Writing and Communication

What the Program Gives You

Upon completion of a minor in music and society - Africana studies track, students will:

  • Synthesize and integrate knowledge from the disciplines of Africana studies, black studies and cultural studies;
  • Evaluate racial and ethnic identities as presented by artists, musical groups/styles and society;
  • Analyze the impact of African-American and African music on American music, as well as on music from other countries;
  • Understand key terminology in the disciplines of Africana studies, black studies and cultural studies;
  • Compose written and oral communications; and
  • Apply critical thinking and practical reasoning.
Department: 
Required Courses

Required Course

  • LHIS-224: Africana Studies: The Sociology of Black Music in American Culture (3 credits)

Elective Courses (choose two from the following)

  • LHIS-225: Africana Studies: The Theology of American Popular Music (3 credits)
  • LHIS-226: Africana Studies: Biographies in Black (Music, Lives, and Meanings) (3 credits)
  • LSOC-355: City Life: Local and Global Perspectives (3 credits)
  • HR-361: World Music, Materials, and Concepts for the Contemporary Musician (2 credits)
  • LHAN-221: History of Jazz (2 credits)
  • MHIS-341: African American Music, History, and Culture - Contemporary Connections (2 credits)
  • LHAN-345: Music and Cultures of Africa, Latin America, and South America (2 credits)

Elective Courses (choose one from the following)

  • ENFF-301: The Music of Steve Coleman (1 credit)
  • ENFF-302: The Music of the Crusaders (1 credit)
  • ENFF-303: The Music of the Meters (1 credit)
  • ENPN-266: Gospel Keyboard Techniques Ensemble (1 credit)
  • ENRB-300: The Music of James Brown (1 credit)
  • ENRB-301: '70s R&B/Funk (1 credit)
  • ENRB-302: R&B/Funk Rating 5 (1 credit)
  • ENRB-303: R&B/Smooth Jazz (1 credit)
  • ENRB-401: The Music of P-Funk (1 credit)
  • ENRB-402: The Music of Tower of Power (1 credit)
  • ENRB-403: Hip-Hop Ensemble (1 credit)
  • ENRT-405: Reverence Gospel Ensemble (2 credits)
  • PS-180: Music and Life of Bob Marley (2 credits)
  • PSPR-361: Motown (2 credits)
  • PSW-341: The Music of Ghana (2 credits)
  • PSW-342: The Music of Guinea and Mali (2 credits)