Aug 17, 2022  
Course Catalog 2022-2023 
Course Catalog 2022-2023

African American Music Minor

The minor consists of a minimum of 5 full courses (or the equivalent) and a learning portfolio.

Note: Students must earn minimum grades of C- or P for all courses that apply toward the minor.

The interdivisional minor in African American Music is designed for Oberlin students (Conservatory or College) who want to structure and organize their studies around a topic with unique history and curricular offerings at Oberlin. At the core of the minor is study of the history of African American Music as well as a broad introduction to Africana Studies. These named requirements provide an essential foundation, while electives in both the Conservatory and College allow students to explore and pursue a variety of classes and activities that speak to their specific interests. These interests may be primarily academic in nature or may involve engaging as a performer or creator of artistic work.

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Students wishing to complete the African American Music Minor should consult with a member of the curricular committee, and complete the Minor Add or Drop form. The form requires the signature of one of the co-chairs.

Note: Students must pick up the Minor Add or Drop form in the Office of the Registrar. The completed form must then be submitted, in person, to the Office of the Registrar for processing. The Office of the Registrar is located in Carnegie (direct entrance off N. Professor St.) between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday. There is a dropbox located in the lobby of Carnegie for after-hours submission.

Chris Jenkins (African American Music)
Charles Peterson (Africana Studies)

African American Music Minor Course Lists

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  • At least 16 of the minimum 20 credits may not be applied to another major, minor, or integrative concentration.
  • If a student is enrolled in or has completed a course that is not listed below, they can petition the curricular committee to apply the course toward the minor.
  • Students should be aware that some of the below listed courses have prerequisites and should plan their schedules accordingly.

Learning Portfolio

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In addition to the above requirements, students will also develop a learning portfolio with substantive pieces of work from each of the classes taken to fulfill the minor. The learning portfolio must also include a reflection piece that explicitly connects the learning outcomes in the different courses. This reflection will be shared with the advisor (faculty liaison) and Conservatory and College Interdivisional Curricular Committee for the purpose of assessing student learning.