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multi- and inter-disciplinary in its approach, the african and diaspora studies program offers a wide range of courses relevant to an increasingly diverse world.

african and diaspora studies is the study, research, interpretation and dissemination of knowledge concerning african-american, african and caribbean affairs and culture.

why offer african and diaspora studies?

african and diaspora studies occupies a central role in understanding modern american life. it acknowledges that people of african descent have contributed significantly to the making of the united states and have played a vital role in world history and culture.

african and diaspora studies directly engages the issues of race and difference, pulling together courses that are relevant to an increasingly diverse world, a world within which our students need to know how to function.

because african and diaspora studies embraces a wide spectrum of experiences and issues, the program is multi- and interdisciplinary in its approach. students may choose courses among many disciplines, including english, history, sociology, music, religion, philosophy, political science, spanish, and theatre and dance.

as a program which embodies the liberal arts mission, the primary objectives of the african and diaspora studies minor are to:

  • foster interdisciplinary study in the humanities, arts and social sciences.
  • stimulate students within a learning environment that encourages appreciation of the history and culture of african peoples.
  • explore the diversity and range of thought in the african diaspora.
  • teach the economic, psychological and social situation of blacks past and present.

african and diaspora studies in the news:

  • honoring student success: first-ever congratulatory dinner was a resounding success (published may 17, 2018)

  • international impact: king letsie iii of lesotho arrives today to present wittenberg commencement address, may 12 (published may 11, 2018)

  • assignment of fire: criminal justice reform advocate bernadette evans, class of 1989, to present keynote address during wittenberg series-sponsored martin luther king jr. convocation (published january 8, 2018)

  • be-longing: new book by wittenberg professor examines personal journey (published august 11, 2017)

  • touching tiny lives: ali kukovich ’17 joins non-profit dedicated to helping lesotho children (published august 9, 2017)

  • journey fit for a king: students serving in lesotho receive royal welcome (published august 1, 2017)

  • witt series welcomes tillman: civil rights activist dorothy tillman headlines wittenberg series' martin luther king jr. convocation (published january 6, 2017)

  • developing relationships: lesotho nutrition initiative (published november 8, 2016)

  • lesotho nutrition initiative partners with high schools: peace corps-inspired program will feed thousands in south african kingdom (published november 7, 2016)

  • partnering with the peace corps: mission-driven prep program challenges students to be change-makers (published july 27, 2016)

  • meals for orphans: wittenberg students prepare nutritional meals to malnourished orphans in lesotho (published november 12, 2015)

  • honorary consul to lesotho: wittenberg professor scott rosenberg appointed honorary consul for the kingdom of lesotho (published october 21, 2014)

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