Human Development, Sustainability, and Rights in Africa and the African Diaspora Minor

Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies

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104 Battle Hall, CB# 3395

(919) 966-5496

Claude A. Clegg III, Chair

Kenneth Janken, Director of Undergraduate Studies

The minor offers students an opportunity to examine intellectual, public policy, and historical developments that have shaped the field of human development. Students enrolled in the minor systematically engage with contemporary debates pertaining to core themes underpinning the field of human development, including: food security; access to water, health, education; environmental dynamics; gender equality; sustainability (broadly defined to include building of democratic governance institutions and forms of inclusive citizenship); and human rights. In their exploration of these issues, students gain insights from anthropology, economics, environmental studies, geography, health, history, human rights, international development studies, political science, public policy, and urban and regional planning, among others. Overall, the minor provides a significant opportunity for students to explore contemporary national and global human development issues with a focus on experiences of people of African descent in Africa and the African Diaspora. The minor is open to all undergraduate students. 

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In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least nine hours of their minor "core" requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 in the minor core requirements. Some programs may require higher standards for minor or specific courses.

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

Core Requirements
AAAD 391Human Development and Sustainability in Africa and the African Diaspora3
AAAD 403Human Rights: Theories and Practices in Africa3
or AAAD 488 Human Rights and Democracy in African Diaspora Communities
AAAD/POLI 333Race and Public Policy in the United States3
or AAAD 491 Class, Race, and Inequality in America
Two other courses from the list below: 16
HIV/AIDS in Africa and the Diaspora
Anthropology of Development
Introduction to Economics H
Water Resource Management and Human Rights H
Geography of Africa
Human Rights, Ethics, and Global Issues
Ethics and Business in Africa H
The Political Economy of Food H
Poverty, Health, and Human Development in Low Income Countries
Environment and Development
Health and Human Rights
Total Hours15

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

See program page here for special opportunities.