Interdisciplinary Studies

African Diaspora Studies

Sean Eversley Bradwell, Assistant Professor and Co-Coordinator
Paula Ioanide, Assistant Professor and Co-Coordinator

The African diaspora studies minor covers a broad range of issues, from the historically constructed and contested nature of individual identities to issues of cultural and historical representation and social justice for groups of people.

Specifically, the minor's goals are to encourage, allow, and facilitate

  1. a study of the self in relationship to the "other" by investigating particular areas of racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity as well as the nature of encounters between diverse groups of people (The focus of many of the courses is on social movements, diasporas, migrations, and a questioning of borders or boundaries, identities, and representations.);
  2. the use of historical and comparative methodologies for providing a contextual understanding of the issues being studied;
  3. a creative combination of epistemological or theoretical concerns with an analysis of real-life problems so that theory can serve as an entry point into praxis. (This is necessary for understanding that ideas shape practices and that practices, in turn, reframe our ideas about the world.);
  4. a critical approach to issues of representation and identity, and, for those so motivated, an opening to construct theories of ethnic, cultural, or racial encounters;
  5. an interrogation of notions of location and place.

Although the minor focuses on the experiences of African Americans, it will also call into question the inside/outside binary (e.g., the United States versus groups that are geographically outside the United States or that are geographically within the United States but excluded from the dominant discourse). In other words, the minor will allow students to study the United States within various global contexts. This is necessary for understanding the interconnected nature of contemporary social life.

Courses developed specifically for the minor are offered through the Center for the Study of Race, Culture, and Ethnicity.
Center for the Study of Race, Culture, and Ethnicity

Requirements for the Minor in African Diaspora Studies

Required courses
Conceptual Frameworks

CSCR 10600 Introduction to African Diaspora Studies  3
CSCR 12300 Introduction to Culture, Race and Ethnicity Concepts  3

Electives

Policy and Praxis

Select one course from the following:

HLTH 20500 Critical Health Issues 3
CSCR 24200 Miscegenation and Racial Binaries 3
CSCR 32400 Critical Race Theories 3
CSCR 35200 Punishment, Prisons, and Democracy 3
Culture and history

Select one course from the following:

CSCR 25000 Hip-Hop Cultures  3
HIST 20900 Ethnic United States since the Civil War  3
HIST 37100 Slavery and the Union  3
ENGL 47000 Seminar1  3
MUNM 25600 Bessie Smith to MTV  3
MUNM 25900 African American Music  3
CSCR 26100 Watching Race in American Media  3
Power and History

Select one course from the following:

CSCR 35100 Race and Sexual Politics 3
CSCR 43300 Education, Oppression, Liberation 3
POLT 14100 Power: Sex, Class, and Race 3
POLT 34200 Liberalism and Marxism 3
POLT 40100 Seminar: Comparative and International Studies1 3
Comparative and International

Select one course from the following:

ANTH 39000 Africa  3
POLT 34001 Selected Topics1  3
POLT 34004 Music of the African Diaspora  3
POLT 40200 Seminar1  3
CSCR 30700 Race and Colonialism  3
CSCR 43400 Capstone Seminar in Culture, Race and Ethnicity2  3
  Total, African diaspora studies minor 18

1 Students should check with the director of the program for a list of approved seminars.

2 This course will be designated to the appropriate electives category depending on the topic of the course.