Africana Studies minor with a Hip-Hop Cultures focus

An Africana Studies minor with a Hip-Hop Cultures focus provides students with a solid introduction and broad understanding of the origins and developing of the forms of expression that make up hip-hop cultures throughout the world: hip-hop dance, rap music, graffiti/tagging, fashion, business, and film. The Minor introduces students to the main themes represented in hip-hop cultures: appropriation and defense of spaces, mixing of different cultures, migrations, multilingualism, race, class, gender, religions, sexuality, nationality, politics and the economy, and, the search for identity. 

Given the challenges of negotiating cultural differences in an increasingly complex and interconnected world this minor accords students the opportunity to investigate hip-hop's pervasive, transformative and exciting cultural force which severely impacted many elements of mainstream American culture to the extent that corporations have embraced hip-hop music and artists as a means of marketing goods to everyone.

Today, hip-hop culture is a billion dollar industry that generates exceptionally large revenues and jobs worldwide.[1] There are dancers who open dance schools in their communities, marketing and textiles experts who sell and promote products to a hip-hop clientele, journalists who report on hip-hop, computer engineers who build samplers, lawyers who defend and negotiate contracts for artists, social workers and educators who mentor youth groups, to only name a few of the professions connected to hip-hop. Consequently, there is no doubt that university students combining a major in Dance, Education, Business, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Chemistry, Journalism, Physiology, Sociology, etc., with the UA’s minor in Africana Studies with concentration in hip-hop culture will be extremely knowledgeable and marketable in these specific industries.

[1] Dan Charnas, The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop (New American Library, 2010).

Julie Watson, “Rapper’s Delight: A billion Dollar Industry.” Forbes Magazine 18 Feb. 2004. <>.

Requirements for the Minor in Africana Studies with an emphasis in Hip-Hop Cultures:
Core (required): AFAS/SOC 220 Introduction to African American Studies, AFAS 302 Africana Studies Research Approaches, AFAS/RELI 335 Rap, Culture, and God, AFAS 371 Hip-Hop Cinema, AFAS/FREN 373 US & Francophone Hip-Hop Cultures

1 from the following: AFAS 200 Introduction to Africana Studies, AFAS 209 African American History (1440-1877), AFAS/HIST 210 African American History (1865-present), AFAS 218 Introduction to Hip-Hop Dance, AFAS 318 Pan African Dance Aesthetics, AFAS 439 Blacks in Hollywood


If you are doing a story on hip-hop and/or on our hip-hop program and would like more information, please contact Dr. Alain-Philippe Durand at

To declare a minor in Africana Studies with an emphasis in hip-hop cultures, please email your student ID# to Dr. Praise Zenenga at