We study the cultures of the African diaspora, from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Our course offerings focus particularly on the United States, Africa, and the Caribbean, and we will include more courses on Afro-Latino and other African Diasporic cultures in the future. Our faculty are trained in diverse fields – anthropology, film studies, literature, history, political science, to name a few -- and our courses are often interdisciplinary in nature. All of the courses are designed to integrate scholarship on gender, race, and class.
How You Will Learn
Geared towards both the scholarly and the working world, we aim to produce graduates who are ready for advanced graduate study in the humanities or social sciences. We also aim to produce professionals who can work in a variety of fields that require an understanding of the history and cultures of African and African-descended peoples. This major can be used in a broad array of fields,including education; law; health professions; marketing; journalism; and the arts. We encourage our majors to pursue internships, where they can apply their scholarly knowledge to a particular career. Flexibility is a key characteristic of our program.
The Tale of Four: Nina Simone's “Four Women” in the Era of Black Lives Matter and MeToo
Come watch Sidibe’s Tale of Four and listen to Simone’s “Four Women” and participate in a discussion about black women telling their own stories—on film and in music—across decades.
Introduction to Caribbean Studies
Explore the history of the Caribbean, its geography, literary and cultural productions (music/film/food/religion) and its intellectual traditions. Reflect on major issues including colonialism.
Aliya S. King is an award-winning journalist and the author of Platinum.
She is the co-author of Original Gangster and the New York Times bestseller Keep the Faith. Her work has appeared in Vibe, Giant, Uptown, Essence, King, Ms., Us Weekly, and Teen People.