"Diaspora" comes from the Greek word meaning "to scatter." This unique field allows students to study the dispersal of African people and the consequences thereof.

Overview

Interdisciplinary minors, African and African diaspora studies are integrative programs intended to deepen your understanding of the African continent. A broad range of courses make it possible to adapt the minor to a variety of major programs in humanities, social sciences and fine arts. The minor program encompasses both Africa itself as well as the dispersal of Africans to Europe and the Americas.

  • the African diaspora track focuses primarily on the new world
  • the African studies track is centered around African culture and history.

Careers in African and African Diaspora Studies

  • Lobbyist
  • Professor
  • Journalist
  • Multi-cultural Programmer
  • Counselor
  • Advocate

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Student involvement

Participate in Rangeela; Join International Students Association Committee; Live on the Grassroots floor

Keep Exploring

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By the numbers

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Off-campus semester programs in places like Ghana, England, China and Hungary.

Scholarships

New students are automatically considered for general academic scholarships ranging from $1,000-15,000 based on a careful review of their application materials.

For a complete listing of departmental scholarships available to first-year students, use the Scholarship Search ».

Faculty

Johnathan Bascom

Johnathan Bascom
Professor
department chair
Department of Geology Geography & Environmental Studies
NH 085
jbascom@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7053

David Hoekema

David Hoekema
Professor
Department of Philosophy
HH 344
dhoekema@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6750

Brian Ingraffia

Brian Ingraffia
Associate Professor
Department of English
CFAC 278
bi22@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8595

Michelle Loyd-Paige

Michelle Loyd-Paige
Dean of Multicultural Affairs, Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology
SC 323
lopa@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8703

Elizabeth Van Arragon

Elizabeth Van Arragon
Associate Professor
Department of Art and Art History
SC 207
ejv9@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6637

Jolene Vos-Camy

Jolene Vos-Camy
Professor, department chair
Department of French
HH 427A
jvos@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6324

Eric Washington

Eric Washington
Assistant Professor
Department of History
HH 470
emw23@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8630

Jane Zwart

Jane Zwart
Assistant Professor
Department of English
CFAC 290
jcz3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8606

Talk to us

Eric Washington Eric Washington
Program Director
Department of History
HH 470
emw23@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8630

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