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African and Black Diaspora Studies (BA)

African and Black Diaspora Studies (ABD) is an interdisciplinary program at DePaul that provides its students with an opportunity to explore the topics of power, history, identity, gender and race in relation to contemporary understandings of Africa and the movement of Black and African people throughout the world.

In the Department of African and Black Diaspora Studies you will explore the Black experience from a variety of perspectives, including but not limited to historical, artistic, sociological, anthropological, and philosophical approaches. Study the diverse cultures and societies that make up the global African Diaspora.

Concentrate your study regionally (e.g. Africa, Black America, Afro-Caribbean, Latin America, etc.) or thematically (e.g. literature and culture, politics, gender and sexuality, etc.), and work with dedicated faculty and take advantage of a flexible curriculum to tailor your studies to your interests.

In addition to a variety of combined degrees, we offer a combined bachelor’s + master’s degree in Critical Ethnic Studies. As an ABD major, you will begin taking Critical Ethnic Studies courses during your undergraduate senior year, leaving only one remaining year for the MA in Critical Ethnic Studies.

We also offer the 3+3 BA/JD program, which allows high-achieving first-year undergraduate students to be admitted simultaneously to the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (LAS) and the College of Law (LAW). You’ll complete your first three years in LAS and your final three years in LAW.


Sample Courses:

  • Africa: Peoples, Cultures, Ideas and Movements
  • Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latin America
  • Harlem Renaissance and Negritude
  • Blacks and Love
  • Principles of African Art
  • Black Migration to the North, 1877–1941
  • Black Feminist Theories in a U.S. Context
  • Religions of Africa and the Diaspora

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