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 College and Conservatory students enrolled in one or both divisions 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 the 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.
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.