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African Diaspora Studies Minor

The African Diaspora Studies minor is an interdisciplinary program of study focusing on the history, literature, societies, and cultures of peoples in the African Diaspora, including Diaspora cultures in the United States of America, the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa. This minor can be combined with any major and minor. A minimum of 9 credits must be exclusive to the minor and cannot be counted toward any other majors/minors/certificate programs.

African Diaspora Studies Minor Requirements
(15-16 credits)

HIST 2400 - African History (3 credits)

This class will focus on Africa as a vast continent that is characterized by enormous ethnic, religious, geographic, and historical diversity. Emphasis will be on the transatlantic slave trade and its impact on Africa and Africa's relations with the outside world. European colonization of Africa and the extent to which it shaped the modern history of the continent; and the history of South Africa and the rise and fall of the Apartheid Regime. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H. 

Select 12 credits from the following courses, 9 credits of which must be at the 3000/4000 level:

DANC 3550 - World Dance (3 credits)

A performance-based course aimed at developing the understanding of a specific World Dance style as a technique and an art form. Prerequisite: Any DANC course. 

FILM 3100 - Black Cinema (3 credits)

This course focuses on the study of films made within or about the African Diaspora and considers the socio-political commentary made by these films. The course also examines how racially constructed images are developed in film and the connection between black and mainstream cinema. Prerequisites: one FILM course; and COMP 2000 or COMP 2010 or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H. 

HIST 2300 - Caribbean History (3 credits)

This course traces the history of the Caribbean from the fifteenth century to the present, examining such issues as indigenous peoples and the early years of European settlement and colonization, the construction of African slavery, the changing place of the Caribbean in the world economy, various aspects of slave society, and the abolition of slavery. Revolution and struggles for independence will be emphasized, as will be U.S. imperialism, migration, and the rise of intellectual, artistic and literary movements in Caribbean island nations. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H. 

HUMN 3610 - The Harlem Renaissance (3 credits)

This course will examine the Harlem Renaissance, the period from the end of World War I and through the middle of the 1930's Depression, during which African-American artists produced a body of work in the graphic arts, poetry, fiction, drama, essay, music, particularly jazz, spirituals and blues, painting, dramatic revues, and others. The notions of racial consciousness will be explored, as well as the common themes of alienation, marginalization, the use of folk material, the use of the blues tradition, and the problems of writing for an elite audience. Prerequisite: COMP 2000, COMP 2010, COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H.

LITR 3520 - African-American Literature (3 credits)

A study of African-American literature, from slave narratives to modern African-American poetry and prose. Prerequisites: one LITR course; and COMP 2000, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H.

LITR 3530 - Caribbean Literature (3 credits)

A study of Caribbean literature from early post-Colombian literature, such as slave narratives and travel writing, to modern Caribbean poetry and prose. The emphasis is on literature written in English, but the course includes works that have been translated into English from other languages, including French and Spanish. This course provides an introduction to the literature of the Caribbean and a framework for studying that material. Prerequisites: one LITR course; and COMP 2000, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H. 

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

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