This information is part of the Colgate University catalog.
The Caribbean forms an important historical and cultural bridge between Africa and Afro-America, and was the birthplace of European settlement and colonization in the Americas. Better known in the United States as a tourist destination, the region has a rich but tragic history intimately connected with Euro-American imperialism and plantation slavery. Nevertheless, by bringing together people of widely diverse ethnicities from all over the world, the plantations became a virtual laboratory of socio-cultural engineering to produce some of the earliest and most complex multiracial societies. In conjunction with a study group that spends a semester at the University of the West Indies, ALST majors within the Caribbean concentration are exposed to a diverse range of issues relating to race relations, cultural identity, political governance, and economic development that are embedded in the history, literature, politics, and economies of the territories of the region.
For more information about the program, honors/high honors, transfer credit, etc., visit the Africana and Latin American studies program page.
The requirements for the ALST major with a concentration in Caribbean studies are as follows:
- ALST 203/CORE 163C - The Caribbean (serves as ALST introduction to Caribbean studies)
- ALST 220 - The Black Diaspora: Africans at Home and Abroad
- UNST 350 - Interdisciplinary Methods Seminar
Four Caribbean 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.