Minor in African American & Black Diaspora Studies

The African American & Black Diaspora Studies program provides an introduction to the study of peoples of African descent as well as the cultural products and insights gained from their experiences. The courses focus on Black people in the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the circum-Atlantic world. Courses are designed to make students aware of the complexities of these experiences and to explore connections and differences between peoples of African descent, other Americans, and global populations. It provides a broad interdisciplinary and comparative perspective to deepen understandings of Black life, cultures, and histories; the historical development and societal impact of racial thought; the place of Black people in modern society and political economy; genealogies of Black thought, political action, and expressive culture; and the imbrication of Black people within grids of racialization, gender, sexuality, social class, and nation, both historically and today. Our commitment to global learning is also practical and includes the course Experiencing Cuba, a one-week study abroad course in Havana, Cuba.

Requirements

The minor requires a total of six 4-credit courses, completed with a grade of C or higher. Students are allowed to count two AA courses towards another concentration. Asterisk indicates Hub course. Additional course numbers listed for cross-listed courses.

Three required courses:

  • CAS AA 112/HI 112 Black Power in the Classroom: The History of Black Studies*
  • CAS AA 207/SO 207 A1 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity*
  • CAS AA 371/HI 298 African American History*

Three elective courses:

  • Three additional courses in African American Studies (AA) or approved electives chosen from the list below. Asterisk indicates Hub course. Additional course numbers listed for cross-listed courses.

Elective Courses

  • CAS AA 100 Topics in African American Studies
  • CAS AA 103/EN 129 Introduction to African American Literature*
  • CAS AA 113/HI 113 Introduction to Antiracism*
  • CAS AA 132/EN 132 Write Back Soon: Blackness and the Prison*
  • CAS AA 200 Topics in African American Studies
  • CAS AA 210 American Minstrelsy
  • CAS AA 215/AH 215 Arts of Africa and Its Diaspora*
  • CAS AA 225 Topics in Religion and Music
  • CAS AA 234 African Americans in Global Perspective: Slavery and the Creation of Race*
  • CAS AA 270/EN 395/WS 270 Race, Sex, and Science Fiction*
  • CAS AA 296/RN 296 Religion and Hip Hop*
  • CAS AA 297/HI 297/WS 297 African American Women’s History
  • CAS AA 300 Topics in African American Studies
  • CAS AA 303 African Americans and the Humanities
  • CAS AA 304/EN 370 Introduction to African American Women Writers*
  • CAS AA 305/EN 360 Toni Morrison’s American Times*
  • CAS AA 306E Experiencing Cuba: History, Culture, and Politics
  • CAS AA 308 Race and Politics*
  • CAS AA 309 African American History in Global and Comparative Perspective
  • CAS AA 310/HI 299 Civil Rights History*
  • CAS AA 311 African American Religious History
  • CAS AA 313/PO 313 The Politics and Policy of HBO’s The Wire*
  • CAS AA 316 African Diaspora Arts in the Americas
  • CAS AA 319 Race and the Politics of Criminal Justice Policy*
  • CAS AA 335/SO 335/WS 335 Sociology of Race, Class & Gender*
  • CAS AA 350 Resistance, Revolution, and Slavery in African American Literature
  • CAS AA 363/EC 363 Race and the Development of the American Economy: A Global Perspective*
  • CAS AA 380/HI 360 European Dimensions of the Black Diaspora
  • CAS AA 382/HI 349/RN 382 History of Religion in Pre-Colonial Africa*
  • CAS AA 383 African Diaspora Religions
  • CAS AA 385 Atlantic History*
  • CAS AA 388/HI 361 Transnational Black Radicalism from the 19th Century to the Present*
  • CAS AA 390 Special Topics in Cinema and Media Studies
  • CAS AA 395/HI 352/IR 394 Power, Leadership, and Governance in Africa and the Caribbean
  • CAS AA 396/HI 353 Atlantic Africa and the Slave Trade
  • CAS AA 400 Topics in African American Studies
  • CAS AA 404/SO 404 Seminar: The Family
  • CAS AA 408/SO 408 Seminar: Ethnic, Race, and Minority Relations
  • CAS AA 420/EN 371 African American and Asian American Women Writers: Cross-Cultural Perspective*
  • CAS AA 459 Reparations, Restitution, Restorative Justice for Slavery and Jim Crow Segregation: The Debate
  • CAS AA 477 Critical Studies: Black Diaspora Theory and Practice*
  • CAS AA 489/HI 489 The African Diaspora in the Americas
  • CAS AA 490/HI 490 Blacks and Asians: Encounters Through Time and Space
  • CAS AA 493 Special Topics in Cinema and Media Studies
  • CAS AA 500 Topics in African American Studies
  • CAS AA 501 Topics in African American Literature
  • CAS AA 502 Topics in African American Literature
  • CAS AA 507/EN 377 Literature of the Harlem Renaissance*
  • CAS AA 514/HI 584 Labor, Sexuality, and Resistance in the Afro-Atlantic World*
  • CAS AA 517/PO 517 Urban Politics and Policy*
  • CAS AA 519 Inequality and American Politics*
  • CAS AA 523 Race, Ethnicity, and Childhood in US History*
  • CAS AA 538 Studies in West Indian Literature: Caribbean Poetry
  • CAS AA 571/AH 571 African American Art
  • CAS AA 580/HI 580 The History of Racial Thought
  • CAS AA 588/HI 588 Women, Power, and Culture in Africa
  • CAS AA 590/HI 590 The World and the West
  • CAS AA 591/EN 537 Black Thought: Literary and Cultural Criticism in the African Diaspora
  • CAS EC 325 The Economics of Poverty and Discrimination in the United States
  • CAS EN 483 Critical Studies in Literature and Ethnicity
  • CAS HI 339 A History of the Present: The United States since 1968
  • CAS HI 505 The American South in History, Literature, and Film
  • CAS IR 510 Comparative Immigration and Racial Politics
  • CAS PH 436 Gender, Race, and Science
  • CFA MH 403 Latinos Making Music in the United States*
  • CFA MH 431 Topics in World Music: Music & Social Protest
  • CFA MH 432 Jazz Music*
  • CFA MH 435 Music of Africa