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African and African Diaspora Studies

The African and African Diaspora Studies Concentration offers a variety of subjects on the history, culture and structure of societies of African descent throughout the world, with special emphasis on those of the United States and the Caribbean. The purpose of the concentration is to allow students to focus critical and analytic attention on issues of concern to black communities of the Western hemisphere, to allow students to gain a wider appreciation of the dynamic nature of those communities, and to assist students to understand the historical, humanistic, political and social dimensions of ethnicity and race.

Concentration requirements: Four subjects, selected in consultation with the Concentration Advisor. A HASS Concentration may include only ONE (1) subject that also counts toward the HASS Distribution Requirement. You may include more than one only if the additional subject will NOT count as a HASS Distribution subject in your degree audit.

The following subjects, offered by the various departments, programs and sections within the School of Humanities and Social Science, constitute the core of the African and African Diaspora Studies concentration:

HUMANITIES AND THE ARTS

21L.007 World Literatures, HASS-H, CI-H
21L.504J Race and Identity in American Literature [WGS.140], HASS-H
21M.030 Introduction to World Music, HASS-A, CI-H
21M.226 Jazz, HASS-A,
21M.293 Music of Africa, HASS-A
21W.742J Writing About Race [WGS.231], HASS-H, CI-H
24.912J Black Matters: Introduction to Black Studies [21A.125, 21H.106, 21L.008, 21W.741, WGS.190], HASS-A/HASS-H, CI-H
WGS.142 Narrative and Identity: Writing and Film by Contemporary Women of Color, HASS-H

SOCIAL SCIENCES

3.988 Africa - Past and Present: An Archaeological and Ethnographic Materials Perspective, HASS-S
9.75J Psychology of Gender and Race [WGS.228], HASS-S
17.523 Ethnic Conflict in World Politics, HASS-S
17.571 African Politics, HASS-S
24.908 Creole Languages and Caribbean Identities, HASS-S, CI-H
STS.046J The Science of Race, Sex, and Gender [21A.103, WGS.225], HASS-S

HISTORICAL STUDIES

21H.204J The Civil War and Reconstruction [STS.029], HASS-H
21H.229 The Black Radical Tradition in America, HASS-H
24.912J Black Matters: Introduction to Black Studies [21A.125, 21H.106, 21L.008, 21W.741, WGS.190], HASS-A/HASS-H, CI-H
STS.048 African Americans in Science, Technology, and Medicine, HASS-H
STS.089 Technology and Innovation in Africa, HASS-H

This list is not exhaustive. Relevant subjects that are no longer offered and subjects with variable topics (such as “special subjects” or “selected topics” courses, for example) may also be counted at the discretion of the concentration advisor.

[ ] Jointly listed subjects

Additional information can be obtained from the Concentration Advisor:
Professor Christopher Capozzola, E51-284, x2-4960
Or from the History Office, E51-255, x3-4965