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African Diaspora Studies Minor (ADS)

The purpose of the minor in African Diaspora Studies is to provide students with a background in the histories and cultures of Africa, African Americans and the diverse African Diasporic communities around the world.

This interdisciplinary minor allows students to combine approaches to exploring the lived experiences, problems, and traditions of people of African heritage. Students in this minor are immersed in learning about the social, cultural, and political thought and actions of African Diasporic communities around the globe. A rich interdisciplinary learning experience will promote scholarship and research, as well as peer and faculty/student collaborations.

This minor serves as a valuable supplement for students studying History, Anthropology, Sociology, Social Work, Health Studies, English, Education, and other disciplines. Students with majors outside of these fields will also find the addition of this minor as a valuable tool for understanding and engaging with diverse communities.

A minor in African Diaspora Studies provides all students with a foundation from which to pursue graduate studies, as well as employment in public service, governmental agencies, and more. The minor also aids students in preparation for careers in teaching, education, social work, business, international affairs, and any field requiring expertise in working with diverse populations.