AAADS & History

Interdepartmental Major in AAADS and History B.A.

If you are interested in learning about the history and experiences of people of African descent in the United States and throughout the world, a B.A. with an Interdepartmental Major in History and African American and African Diaspora Studies may be the right choice for you. The interdisciplinary approach in this combined major will provide you with a unique way of studying the history of the African diaspora.

Using the skills of an historian to retrieve and interpret the past, students in this major study the history, culture, social institutions, movements and identities of African diaspora communities. The combined program also gives you the opportunity to learn more about the unique fine arts and performing arts traditions of different communities within the African diaspora.

The departments of History and African American and African Diaspora Studies are located within the College of Arts and Sciences. Faculty in both the Department of History and African American and African Diaspora Studies represent a wide variety of interests and disciplines, allowing you to explore and customize your program.

Students in this major enrich their liberal arts research-oriented curriculum with experiential learning, community service, and engagement in civic and social justice activities. Majors are trained to examine and interpret critical sources and documents relevant to the African diaspora population and to develop the necessary research methodology and critical thinking skills essential for success in a wide variety of careers.

Graduates with the interdepartmental major in African American and African diaspora studies and history pursue careers or graduate studies in academic research and higher education, law, teaching, business, journalism, social work, non-profits, the arts, and many other professions.

Learn more in the major guide

Read about the requirements in the bulletin