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The purpose of the Department of African & Black Diaspora Studies is to provide DePaul students with a systematic, interdisciplinary, and integrated course of study of Africa & the Black Diaspora, including African America, the Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latin America.
African & Black Diaspora Studies (ABD) will also train students in comparative analysis of regions (e.g., peoples, religions, philosophies) through an incorporation of the study of history, power, identity, gender, and race. The Department’s offerings provide students with opportunities to learn about and develop expertise in the cultures, histories, and societies of people of African descent. African and Black Diaspora Studies prepares students to pursue professions and careers in a variety of areas. ABD students have gone on to careers in fields such as law/legal studies, social work, academia, teaching, community work/advocacy, publishing, communication and media, business, public policy, and more.
|Program Requirements||Quarter Hours|
|Liberal Studies Requirements||84|
|Total hours required||192|
Students will be able to:
- Explain the concept of diaspora as a global unifying concept by integrating attention to the diversity of groups that make up the Black Diaspora.
- Detect and differentiate the interactions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class.
- Identify and analyze multiple theories of Blackness: as a source of cultural identity, aesthetics, and/or as a basis of political, social, or national movements.
- Analyze and evaluate the ideological frameworks through which Black people have been defined and have defined themselves.
- Produce oral or written work based on primary and secondary sources that evaluate the contributions of African and Black people in the modern world.
College Core Requirements
Study in the Major Field
The student’s course of study in the College consists of three parts: Liberal Studies, the major field, and electives. Together these three parts contribute to the liberal education of the student which is the common purpose of all study in the College. By “liberal education” the College understands not only a deep and thorough knowledge of a particular area of study but a knowledge of the diverse areas of study represented by criticism, history, the arts, the behavioral and social sciences, philosophy, religious studies, the natural science, and mathematics.
The major field program generally is built upon a set of core courses and a specialized “concentration.” The number of courses required for a major varies by department. Most students go beyond the minimum requirements, electing additional courses which both broaden and deepen their understanding of their chosen discipline.
Because no academic major program is built in isolation, students are required to pursue a number of electives of the student’s choice. The inherent flexibility of this curriculum demands that the student consult an academic advisor at each stage in the total program and at least once prior to each registration.
Students will be prompted to visit the College Office for their official graduation check early in their senior year.
Declaration of Major, Minor and Concentration
All students in the College are required to declare a major field prior to beginning their junior year. The student will then be assigned a faculty advisor in the major field department or program and should make an appointment to see that advisor at his or her earliest convenience.
Students must declare or change majors, minors, and concentrations, via Campus Connection. However, for the purpose of exploring the possibility of changing a major field, the student should consult an academic advisor in the Office for Academic Advising Support.
The Modern Language Requirement (MLR)
The Modern Language Option is available to all BA students who wish to study a modern language beyond the level required by their College, and to all other undergraduate students without a modern language requirement who wish to study a language at any level.
Students selecting the MLO may substitute a sequence of three courses in the same language for three domain courses.
The three MLO substitutions must be made in three different domains, and any substitutions must be consistent with the principle that students complete at least one course in each learning domain.
MLO substitutions may not be used to replace the Scientific Inquiry—Lab or Scientific Inquiry—Science as a Way of Knowing requirement.
Students majoring in one modern language may use the Modern Language Option for study of a second language at the Intermediate level or above.
NOTE: Please contact your college/school regarding additional information and restrictions about the Modern Language Option.
External Credit and Residency
A student who has been admitted to the College begins residency within the college as of the first day of classes of the term in which the student is registered. Students in residence, whether attending on a full-time or part-time basis, may not take courses away from DePaul University without the written permission of the college. Permission must be obtained in advance of registration to avoid loss of credit or residency in the college; see the LAS website for more information.
Liberal Studies Requirements
Honors program requirements can be found in the individual Colleges & Schools section of the University Catalog. Select the appropriate college or school, followed by Undergraduate Academics and scroll down.
|First Year Program||Hours|
|LSP 110 |
or LSP 111
|DISCOVER CHICAGO |
or EXPLORE CHICAGO
|LSP 112||FOCAL POINT SEMINAR||4|
|WRD 103||COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC I 1||4|
|WRD 104||COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC II 1||4|
|Quantitative Reasoning & Technological Literacy|
|LSP 120||QUANTITATIVE REASONING & TECHNOLOGICAL LITERACY I 2||4|
|LSP 121||QUANTITATIVE REASONING AND TECHNOLOGICAL LITERACY II 2||4|
|Multiculturalism in the US|
|LSP 200||SEMINAR ON MULTICULTURALISM IN THE UNITED STATES||4|
|ABD 391||CAPSTONE (See Note Below) 1||4|
Students must earn a C- or better in this course.
Readiness for LSP 120 is determined by the math placement test taken online after admission. Students may need to take developmental coursework prior to LSP 120. The LSP 120 requirement may be waived by credit already earned for advanced math coursework or by passing a dedicated proficiency exam. Students who complete both LSP 120 and LSP 121 take one less Learning Domain course. Students may not apply the course reduction to any Domain where only one course is required, and if taken within the SI Domain, the reduction cannot be applied to the SI Lab or SWK requirement.
- 3 Courses Required
- 2 Courses Required
- 2 Courses Required
- 2 Courses Required
- 3 Courses Required
[1 SWK Course, 1 Lab Course, and 1 Additional Course]
- 1 Course Required
A student majoring in African and Black Diaspora Studies (ABD) is required to complete the Capstone offered by the ABD Department. This is the case even if a student is double majoring (or pursuing a dual degree) and the secondary major (or degree) requires its own Capstone. An ABD major in the University Honors Program shall take the University Honors Capstone and the ABD Capstone.
Courses offered in the student's primary major cannot be taken to fulfill LSP Domain requirements. If students double major, LSP Domain courses may double count for both LSP credit and the second major. Students who choose to take an experiential learning course offered by the major may count it either as a general elective or the Experiential Learning requirement.
In meeting learning domain requirements, no more than one course that is outside the student’s major and is cross-listed with a course within the student’s major, can be applied to count for LSP domain credit. This policy does not apply to those who are pursuing a double major or earning BFA or BM degrees.
|ABD 100||INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN AND BLACK DIASPORA STUDIES||4|
|ABD 200||AFRICA: PEOPLES, CULTURES, IDEAS AND MOVEMENTS||4|
|ABD 206||AFRO-CARIBBEAN AND AFRO-LATIN AMERICA: PEOPLES, CULTURES, IDEAS AND MOVEMENTS||4|
|ABD 208||AFRICAN AMERICA: PEOPLES, CULTURES, IDEAS AND MOVEMENTS||4|
|4 300-level ABD Courses||16|
|4 Major-Field ABD Electives at 200-level or 300-level||16|
Students are required to complete four core courses (16-quarter credit hours) in African and Black Diaspora Studies (ABD). The core courses are designed to accomplish these goals:
- to introduce students to the learning goals and outcomes of the Department of African and Black Diaspora Studies;
- to introduce students to the main debates, concerns, and ideas in African and Black Diaspora Studies;
- to emphasize the Vincentian tenet that questions of human value are central to scholarly inquiry; and
- to strengthen an understanding of the interrelationships and dynamics between Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America, and the United States.
For this requirement, students must take four ABD courses (16-quarter credit hours) at the 300 level.
These courses build upon the general foundation of knowledge provided by the core courses. They serve to reinforce and extend student knowledge about a particular area of study relating to Africa and/or the Black Diaspora as well as the Department's core sites of inquiry (culture, gender, history, power, and race).
To insure that students are exposed to a variety of methodological approaches, students will endeavor to take courses in the social and behavioral sciences (i.e. anthropology, geography, history, international studies, psychology, political science, and sociology), humanities (i.e. art and architecture history, literature, modern languages, music, philosophy, religious studies, and theatre), and interdisciplinary studies (i.e. American studies, Latin American & Latino studies, Women's and Gender studies, LGBT studies, etc.).
Each student, in consultation with an ABD advisor, will work to design an area of study that is attentive to comparative analysis. Students who wish to take a 200-level course in partial fulfillment of this requirement must petition the Department of African and Black Diaspora Studies chair for approval (this is not common).
Major Field Electives
Majors in the Department of African and Black Diaspora Studies will take four ABD courses as major field electives (16-quarter credit hours). These courses can be at the 200-level or 300-level. We urge students to consider courses at the 300-level to fulfill this requirement.
Such courses are designed to provide students with an opportunity to take courses related to their interests in African and Black Diaspora Studies and at the same time extend their academic preparation through coursework in allied fields. The selection of electives should be done in consultation with the student’s ABD academic advisor.
This senior seminar (four quarter hours) engages students in a synthesis of what they have learned through coursework. The capstone course will involve reading, writing, discussion, as well as the preparation of a substantive piece of work (e.g., a senior thesis, a research paper, or a creative work).
Open elective credits are also required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 quarter-credit hours.