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African American and African Diaspora Studies

This program emerges from a rich, distinguished, and exciting past that continues to influence our present realities. The black communities in both the New and Old Worlds have been essential to the story of human history; studying these peoples in all forms and consequences is a foundational moral and educational necessity.

Why Major in African American and African Diaspora Studies?

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The African American and African Diaspora Studies program offers a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum that provides students with an understanding of the historical and contemporary realities of African-descended peoples in the United States and across the diaspora. Students explore Black social movements and race politics, racial ideologies and critical race theory, and the distinctive artistic, literary, cultural practices of African peoples worldwide.

 

Why Minor in African American and African Diaspora Studies?

A minor in African American and African Diaspora Studies will add depth to your major and program of studies. Six of the eighteen credits in a minor in AFAM may be cross-counted towards another major or minor. Consult your advisor and course catalog before declaring/registering.

Plan Out Your Degree

Sample 4-year plan for the BA in African American and African Diaspora Studies

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Semester One

AUx1
Complex Problem
Written Communication and Information Literacy I (W1)
Quantitative Literacy I (Q1)
Habits of Mind

Semester Two

AUx2
Habits of Mind
Written Communication and Information Literacy I

Semester Three

AFAM-200 African Americans in the Diaspora
HIST-208 African-American History: to 1877 and/or LIT-225 African Literature
Habits of Mind

Semester Four

HIST-209 African-American History: 1877 to Present and/or LIT-235 African-American Literature
Habits of Mind

Semester Five

Study Abroad and/or internship
Social Sciences, Global Politics & Policy, Arts & Humanities Electives

Semester Six

Study Abroad and/or internship
Social Sciences, Global Politics & Policy, Arts & Humanities Electives

Semester Seven

Quantitative Literacy II (Q2)
Social Sciences, Global Politics & Policy, Arts & Humanities Electives

Semester Eight

Written Communication and Information Literacy II (W2)
Capstone options:
AFAM-490 Independent Research
CRGC-496 Senior Capstone in Interdisciplinary Studies

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