Black Diaspora Studies

Black Diaspora Studies Minor
The minor in Black Diaspora Studies is designed to broaden the perspectives of students through an examination of the international/transnational dimensions of the experiences of African and African-descent populations, particularly those in the Western Hemisphere. Since the early sixteenth century, when Europe, the Americas, and Africa were brought into a pattern of sustained interaction following the onset of the Age of European Discovery, the African slave trade and other forms of migration and exchange have been critical to the formative experience of Africans and African-descent populations linked by the Atlantic. The intensity and impact of those exchanges have varied over time, but the presence of Africans and African-descent populations in the evolution of Atlantic civilization constitutes the core of the study of the African Diaspora.
Degree Types: Minor

About the Program

You might like this program if…

  • You are interested in the history of the Black Diaspora.
  • You seek to better understand different perspectives and cultures.
  • You are interested in pursuing a career in academia.


  • Black Freedom Studies
  • Slavery and Freedom in the Black Atlantic
  • Afro-Hispanic Civilization
  • Black Liberation and American Foreign Policy
  • Early African History

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This program is housed in the Department of African American Studies and the African Studies Program
 at Penn State University Park.
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