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Associate of Arts with an Emphasis in African Diaspora Studies


Program description


  • 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 MCTC'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.

Program start and location

Students are accepted into this program anytime. Courses are taught on MCTC’s main campus. See above for semester offerings of courses.

Degree options and requirements

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

What you will learn

  • You will produce effective writing that explores and engages the cultural, political, dialogic and aesthetic traditions and vanguard of the African Diaspora.
  • You will 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.
  • You will collaborate with peers of various backgrounds to foster an ethical and accountable learning environment -- both within and outside the classroom.
  • You will 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.

Points of pride

  • MCTC 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.

Where you could work

Graduates of most liberal arts associate of arts degrees will enter four-year colleges and universities, and go on to receive their bachelor’s degrees in a variety of fields, including (but not limited to): Ethnic Studies, Women’s Studies, Business and Finance, Management, Acting, Studio Art, Mathematics, Statistics, Social Work and Urban Planning.

We have an articulation agreement with the Metropolitan State University Ethnic Studies Department, and are in the process of completing one with the Department of African American and African Studies at the University of Minnesota.

Potential job titles

  • Journalist
  • Entrepreneur
  • Scholar
  • Teacher
  • Social Worker
  • Filmmaker


This program is part of the School of Liberal Arts and Cultures.

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