"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.

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

Course Requirements 2013-14


Africa and African
Diaspora Studies minor

An interdisciplinary minor, African and African Diaspora studies is an integrative program intended to deepen students? understanding of a region of the world, and of widely dispersed cultural traditions, that are of increasing significance to global economics, health policy, international development, and Christian theology. A broad choice of courses is offered, making it possible to adapt the minor to a variety of major programs in the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts. The minor program encompasses study both of Africa and its peoples and of the dispersal of Africans to Europe and the Americas through forced migration and voluntary immigration. Accordingly, students may choose one of two tracks: one that focuses on Africa and the other on the African Diaspora, primarily in the new world. E. Washington of the History Department serves as the director of the AADS minor. J. Bascom (Geography), D. Hoekema (Philosophy), E. Washington (History) serve as advisors for this program. (18 semester hours)

  • IDIS-391 Seminar in African and African Diaspora Studies

Four courses from one of the tracks listed below, and one additional course from the opposite track.

No more than one language instruction course, and no more than two interim courses, may be counted toward the requirements for the minor.

Africa Track

  • Four from:
    • ARTH-245 African and Oceanic Art
    • GEOG-242 The Geology of Africa
    • ENGL-300 Advanced World Literature
    • FREN-362 Francophone Literature and Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Diaspora
    • FREN-363 Francophone Literature and Culture in North Africa
    • HIST-241 Africa From Antiquity to 1700
    • HIST-242 Modern Africa 1800 to the Present
    • PHIL-226 African Thought and Culture
    • POLS-279 African Politics
    • STGH-217 West Africa Literature
    • STGH-280 Politics and Development in Africa
    • STGH-312 Culture and People in Ghana and West Africa (offered through the semester in Ghana program)

Other courses, including on-campus or off-campus interim courses, may be counted toward the minor requirements with the approval of a program advisor.

African Diaspora Track

  • Four from:
    • ENGL-225 Arican-American Literature
    • FREN-362 Francophone Literature and Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Diaspora
    • FREN-363 Francophone Literature and Culture in North Africa
    • HIST-255 African American History
    • SOC-252 African Diaspora in the Americas
    • SOC-303 Anthropology of Religion
    • SPAN-370 Advance Cultural Topics (when appropriate)

Other courses, including on-campus or off-campus interim courses, may be counted toward the minor requirements with the approval of a program advisor.

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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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