Welcome to African and Black Diaspora
Studies at DePaul! We examine the cultures, histories and consciousness of
people of African descent around the globe. Our students work with us, or with
our many affiliated faculty members, to pursue meaningful avenues of inquiry
that speak to students' own goals and interests. We think it especially
important that students of all races, ethnic groups, and national origins
understand the contributions of Black people to worldwide histories and cultures,
particularly in the United States. ABD stresses the ways that, as Bob Marley
once sang, "half the story has never been told."
In the ABD Studies department, we offer
students a significant degree of flexibility that allows our students to pursue
their own interests and approaches to the study of Black and African peoples'
histories and cultures. African and Black Diaspora Studies at DePaul works
across the humanities and social sciences, with notable emphasis on literary,
cultural, and media studies, the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality,
and historical inquiry.
African and Black Diaspora Studies offers
a major and minor course of undergraduate study and is also closely linked to
the new Master's of Arts in Critical Ethnic Studies. Our faculty have strong
connections to other academic units at DePaul such as American Studies, Latin
American and Latino Studies, English, Women's and Gender Studies, History,
Community Service Studies, International Studies, Global Asian Studies, the
Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) and more.
Many of our majors and minors combine
their coursework in African and Black Diaspora Studies with the more
established disciplines such as English, History, Sociology, Political Science,
and Education or with allied programs and departments such as Women's and
Gender Studies and American Studies. Other students, such as those following a
path in fields such as Mathematics, Biology, or the Health Sciences have found
that double majoring or minoring in ABD provides them a way to follow their
multiple interests without having to sacrifice one for the other. Some of our
students who have been training in the Health Sciences have also found that
coursework in African and Black Diaspora Studies gives their major coursework
important dimensions and directions.
African and Black Diaspora Studies is
always on the lookout for motivated, self-directed students who seek challenges
and are interested in critical reflection and a desire to understand and change
the world around them.
Contact us to discuss how African and
Black Diaspora Studies might work for you!
Dr. Amor Kohli
Director, African and Black Diaspora Studies