African American & Black Diaspora Studies Program

The African American & Black Diaspora Studies Program provides an introduction to the study of African Americans and other Black Diaspora populations as well as the cultural products and scholarly insights gained from their experiences. Courses are designed to inform students of the historical complexities of these experiences and to explore connections and differences between Americans of African descent, other Americans, and global Black populations. Due to the legacies of slavery, immigration, and racism, critical investigations of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality are central concerns of the program. As an example of our international focus, students are encouraged to participate in the course Experiencing Cuba, a one-week study abroad course in Havana, Cuba, to further explore these concerns.

The African American & Black Diaspora Studies Program offers an undergraduate major and minor and hosts an Events & Lecture Series where scholars, artists, and public figures explore our core themes and topics.