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Major Requirements

Course Requirements

Core Courses

Students are required to complete four core courses (16-quarter credit hours).  The core courses are designed to accomplish three goals: to introduce students to the goals of the Program; to emphasize the Vincentian tenet that questions of human value undergird scholarly inquiry; and to strengthen an understanding of the interrelationships and dynamics among and between Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America, and the United States.

Courses in an Area of Concentration

For this requirement, students must take four courses (16-quarter credit hours) at the 300 level. These four concentration courses are designed to provide students with a body of knowledge about a particular area of study. At least two of these courses should originate in the African and Black Diaspora Studies program.

These courses build upon the general foundation of knowledge provided by the core courses and serve to augment and extend student knowledge about a particular area of study relating to Africa or the Black Diaspora and its relationship to other areas of the Program, and sites of inquiry (culture, gender, history, power, and race). 

To insure that students are exposed to a variety of methodological approaches, students will endeavor to take courses in the social and behavioral sciences (i.e. anthropology, geography, history, international studies, psychology, political science, and sociology), humanities (i.e. history of art and architecture, literature, modern languages, music, philosophy, religious studies, and theatre), and interdisciplinary studies (i.e. American studies, Latin American & Latino studies, Women's and Gender studies, LGBT studies, etc.). 

Each student, in consultation with his or her advisor, which is mandatory, will design a concentration that is attentive to comparative analysis. Students who wish to take a 200-level course in partial fulfillment of this requirement must petition the African and Black Diaspora Studies Program chair for approval (this is not common). 

Major Field Electives

Students in the Program will be able to take four courses as major field electives (16-quarter credit hours). These courses can be at the 200-level or 300-level. We urge students to consider courses at the 300-level to fulfill this requirement.

Such courses are designed to provide students with an opportunity to take courses related to their field of concentration in African and Black Diaspora Studies and at the same time extend their academic preparation through coursework in allied fields. The selection of electives will be done in consultation with the student’s academic advisor.


This senior seminar (four quarter hours) engages students in a synthesis of what they have learned through coursework. The capstone course will involve reading, writing, discussion, as well as the preparation by students a substantive piece of work (e.g., a senior thesis, a research paper, or a creative work).

Open Electives​

Open elective credits are also required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 quarter-credit hours.

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