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Why minor in Hip-Hop Studies? Rap is the most popular genre of music in the country according to record sales, airplay and streaming data. From fashion, to business, to movies, to the way we talk and even to the way we think, Hip-Hop is a huge influence on our world. Brockport is one of the very few colleges in the country to have an entire interdisciplinary minor dedicated to it. This program will provide students with a solid background in African-American history in order to better understand the roots of the culture. Classes in both American and international rap cover its origin in the Bronx and its power as a voice for the voiceless across the world. Interdisciplinary electives underscore the fact that Hip-Hop is more than just music, but an entire culture.

The Hip-Hop minor will help you to better understand the world that you live in by providing a very clear and particular lens through which to view it. Since its creation in the 1970s, Hip-Hop has reflected the realities of marginalized people across the globe from African-Americans in the neighborhoods of New York City to first generation immigrants in the suburbs of Paris. This minor is an innovative, unexpected and intriguing way to complement your degree in African and African-American Studies, political science, history, English, international studies, French, Spanish, art, music, communications, criminal justice, social work, sociology, and women and gender studies.

Program Requirements

All courses in the minor must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher. Courses with grades lower than "C" must be repeated. The minor in Hip-Hop Studies consists of 18 credits as follows:

Required Courses (18 credits)

  • AAS 278 African-American Music and Culture
  • FCE 3XX Hip-Hop Culture and Rap Music
  • FCE 333 French Rock and Hip-Hop