African and African Diaspora Studies Minor
at boston college
The Credit-Based Minor in African & African Diaspora Studies
The African and African Diaspora Studies Program (AADS) considers the history, cultures, and politics of Africans on the subcontinent and African-descended peoples in the U.S., the Caribbean, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Covering a vast historical period and geographical expanses, AADS acquaints students with the multiplicity and diversity of the African diaspora and the world in which we all live. Using interdisciplinary and comparative approaches, the program draws on a broad range of methodologies in English, history, sociology, philosophy, theology, Communication, and theatre. AADS courses tend to focus on one or more of the following central themes:
Globalization: Globalization is as old as the trade in African slaves. Patterns of travel, labor, trade, commerce and resource extraction have shaped the experiences of African-descended peoples and the peoples they have encountered. Selected courses explore the connections between various geographic regions, cultural traditions, and historical developments that have defined globalization.
Intersectionality: Race is defined by various identity categories and social locations: gender, class, color, ethnicity, region, nation, age, sexuality, political ideals, and spiritual beliefs. Intersectionality reminds us that race is not a monolithic or homogenous category of human experience.
Social Justice: The history of African and African-descended peoples has been defined by the struggle for social justice: the fight for racial equality, the fight against discrimination, sexism, homophobia, and class exploitation. In resisting enslavement, segregation, patriarchy, imperialism, and colonialism, and by striving to overturn discrimination in housing, healthcare, employment, religious institutions and families, African and African diasporic peoples have undertaken drives for social emancipation that have expanded the meaning of democratic ideals.
Minor Requirements – Class of 2013 and Following
18 (or more) credits
Example: Seven credits (BK110  and BK600 ) plus one course at two credits, and three courses at three credits each: 18 credits
- BK110 Introduction to African Diaspora Studies – 3 credits
- BK600 Senior Seminar (or the equivalent) – 4 credits
- Four additional courses (clustered around a theme) – we recommend that minors take AT LEAST two courses of 3 or 4 credits before taking BK600 Senior Seminar (or the equivalent)
BK110 Introduction to African Diaspora Studies familiarizes students with the major issues and methodologies involved in studying the African diaspora. BK600 Senior Seminar is an intensive reading and writing course designed to assist students in synthesizing their minor experience.
To affirm and specify our minors’ selected Central Theme, we suggest that their four additional courses reflect a particular thematic focus. Some possible themes are:
- Cities and Urban Life
- Economics of Inequality
- Gender and Sexuality
- Globalization and Development
- Intellectual and Philosophical Traditions
- Migration and Immigration
- Music and the Performing Arts
- Political Systems and Grassroots Protest
- Popular Culture and New Media
- Spirituality and Social Protest
Though suggested, these themes are not required; additionally, students may devise their own thematic foci, in consultation with AADS Director.
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