Why pursue a major or minor in African & African Diaspora Studies?

ADST offers a multi-dimensional interdisciplinary course of study.  Students pursuing the major or minor have particularized interests in African or African Diaspora Studies that typically intersect with other major courses of study, including music, dance, theater, communication, English, history, public health, international development, anthropology, psychology, political science, and sociology.  Attaining a major or minor in ADST broadens the range of critical insight, experience, and skills that are needed for professions that engage diverse populations, urban communities, and developing nations.  ADST students learn about laws, structures, and institutions that impact the lives of black people in Africa and throughout the African Diaspora.  They have opportunities to pursue grassroots organizing and community-based research.  In addition to traditional research papers, ADST students are encouraged to generate course products that have practical utility beyond the classroom, especially in the performing and visual arts.  To consult with an ADST faculty member about pursuing a major or minor, e-mail

What are some creative ways of pursuing a course of study in ADST?

ADST students have a high degree of flexibility in choosing their courses.  It is perhaps most useful to exercise this flexibility by thinking in terms of special interests, or concentrations; terminal, or other professional, degrees that you might want to pursue; and skills sets you want, or need, to have upon graduating.  

The research and teaching interests of ADST faculty and affiliates span the humanities, the social & behavioral sciences, public health, and education.  In addition, the program has particular strengths in service-learning and other community-based course offerings.  The following is a non-exhaustive list of possible focuses, or emphases, your coursework might reflect:

Culture & Community
History & Culture
Language & Literature
Theory & Praxis
Policy & Politics
Science & Health
Education & Law

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