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African Diaspora Studies

What it is


  • Any group migration or flight from a country or region. Synonyms: dispersion, dissemination, migration, displacement, scattering. Antonyms: return.
  • Any group that has been dispersed outside its traditional homeland, especially involuntarily, as Africans during the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

In Minneapolis College's A.A. with emphasis in African Diaspora Studies program, you will analyze the history, politics, and cultures of African people globally and locally. You will explore the experiences of the descendants of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, recent immigrants from Africa to the U.S. and Europe and many other aspects of African Diasporic lives around the globe.


  • Minneapolis College is one of the first schools in the country to offer a program of this kind – largely at the request of its students.
  • Our diversity allows us to draw on faculty, student, staff and community support in order to more deeply engage the most pressing issues facing African diasporic peoples today.
  • In addition, studies have shown that students do better in their classes, and are more likely to complete their programs if they are engaged in curriculum that directly engages their personal experiences.

Award Requirements and Course Descriptions & Outlines

Please select the award below to view the degree options and requirements in the college catalog.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Produce effective writing that explores and engages the cultural, political, dialogic, and aesthetic traditions and vanguard of the African Diaspora.
  2. Analyze, interpret, and synthesize information from a variety of viewpoints within the African Diaspora, in order to solve old problems in new ways, or new problems in old ways.
  3. Collaborate with peers of various backgrounds to foster an ethical and accountable learning environment -- both within and outside the classroom.
  4. Identify cross-currents of Black Intellectual Traditions throughout the Diaspora, and locate them within the socio-cultural environment of their origin and development -- as well as their relationship to mainstream popular culture and traditions.