African & African Diaspora Studies (AADS) Minor

AADS introduce histories, cultures, and experiences of African descended peoples to the broadest range of students; supports serious academic research on Africa and the African Diaspora; gives students opportunities to examine the depth and breadth of African legacies on the continent and in all parts of the world; links local Black communities more closely to Boston College; projects the significance of realities of people of African descent to the intellectual life of Boston College and larger communities; and prepares students to succeed in college and their post-graduate careers.

An AADS minor will consist of a minimum of 19 credits (6 full-semester courses)

AADS 1110 Introduction to African Diaspora Studies familiarizes students with the major issues and methodologies involved in studying the African diaspora. AADS 6600 Senior Seminar is an intensive reading and writing course designed to assist students in synthesizing their minor experience.


  • AADS1110 Intro to African Diaspora Studies (3 credits)
  • AADS6600 Senior Seminar (4 credits)
  • 4 electives (12 credits)
    • 2 electives must be Black Atlantic Courses

A Black Atlantic course has a global perspective that puts different geographical regions of the world in conversation with one another within the African Diaspora

AADS minor application

Submit all competed applications to Richard Paul at richard.paul@bc.edu.

Contact African and African Diaspora Studies Program: Phone: 617-552-3238