Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
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African, African American, Diaspora Studies



Major requirements

African, African American, Diaspora Studies major worksheet

The major in African, African American, diaspora studies consists of 10 courses. At least one course from each of the five areas listed below must be taken, along with two courses that focus on the continent of Africa and are marked with an asterisk. AFDS 103 Introduction to African, African American, Diaspora Studies is recommended but not required. Three 300-level courses must be taken, one of which can be a capstone course or project. The final requirement is to complete a capstone project. Capstone projects may involve study abroad and/or independent study work. Please speak with the coordinator to discuss possible capstone projects.

Area A: Art History and Music

ARTH 212 African Visual Cultures
ARTH 263 African American Art
ARTH 312 Contemporary African Arts*
ARTH 334 Exhibiting Africa: Past and Present
MUSC 212 World Music: Africa and the Americas*
MUSC 272 African American Originals I: Spirituals, Blues and All That Jazz
MUSC 273 African American Originals II: Rhythm and Blues, Rock and Contemporary Jazz

Area B: Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology

ANTH 215 Tanzania: Education and Development
ANTH 225 Peoples and Cultures of Africa*
ANTH 255 Gender in Africa*
PSY 251 Multicultural Psychology
SOC 230 Race and Ethnicity

Area C: Economics and Political Science

ECON 222 Economics of Race and Racism
ECON 252 Urban Economics
ECON 305 International Finance
ECON 306 International Trade
POLS 201 Contemporary Urban Politics
POLS 203 African Politics*
POLS 271 African American Politics
POLS 327 Black Political Thought

Area D: Literature, Film and Language

CLAS 130 Egypt in the Greco-Roman World
ENG 209 African American Literature and Culture
ENG 235 Empire, Race and the Victorians
ENG 244 Contemporary Caribbean Literature in English
ENG 245 African Literature*
ENG 257 Race and Racism in United States Cinema
ENG 347 The Mothership has Landed: Black Speculative Fiction
FR 235 Postcolonial Encounters
FR 331 Other Voices, Other Stories: Great Works by Women from France and the Francophone World

Area E: History

HIST 143 Africans on Africa: A Survey*
HIST 201 North American Colonial History
HIST 209 African American History to 1877
HIST 210 African American History: 1877 to the Present
HIST 213 The History of the Civil Rights Movement
HIST 337 Power and Protest in the United States
HIST 339 Slavery in the Americas
WGS 315 Black Feminist Theory

*Courses that focus on the continent of Africa.

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