This information is part of the Colgate University catalog, 2020–21.
The African American experience in the United States has been the result of a complex history spanning four hundred years on enslavement, racial violence, segregation, and discrimination. This concentration not only focuses on African Americans' resistance to those manifest injustices, but it also examines their significant contributions to the economy, society, and culture of the United States, as well as their achievements in politics, education, art, science, and in the economy. Some of the major themes studied are slavery and abolition; the politics of race and racism; black leadership, the civil rights movement, and the continuing struggle for social justice; as well as social and cultural phenomena like the Harlem Renaissance and the rise of a black middle class.
The requirements for the ALST major with a concentration in African American studies are as follows:
- ALST 202 - Introduction to African American Studies
- ALST 220 - The Black Diaspora: Africans at Home and Abroad
- ALST 360 - ALST Interdisciplinary Research Design
Four African American Studies Electives
Should be chosen in consultation with the coordinator. Of the four electives, at least two courses must be at the 300 level or higher.
200- or 300-Level Elective
One additional 200- or 300-level elective must be selected from any area of the program outside of the student's primary concentration.
Senior Capstone Seminar
UNST 410 - Seminar: Area, Regional, and Global Study is the senior capstone seminar and is required for all majors. In the event that UNST 410 is not offered, students may substitute another seminar in consultation with the coordinator and the program director.
Honors and High Honors
Students interested in pursuing honors can find the additional requirements on the Africana and Latin American Studies program page.
Africana & Latin American Studies Program
For more information about the program, including Faculty, transfer credit, awards, etc., please visit the Africana and Latin American Studies program page.