AFR 252
Patterns of African Diasporas to the U.S. Spring 2025
Division II
Cross-listed GBST 252 / AMST 255

Class Details

Migration remains an integral aspect of Black experiences. This comprehensive course, formerly titled “Black Migrations: Histories of African Diaspora in the US,” centers the histories of Black migration to and within the United States. Migration includes the involuntary, forceful movement of populations, but it also comprises voluntary movement of populations that seek new economic opportunities. Therefore, this course covers three historical periods of migration: 17th- 19th century (Transatlantic slave trade), early 20th century (Great Migration and the arrival of Caribbean migrants to major urban centers in the United States), and the late 20th and early 21st century (Migration continental Africans to the US). This course will ask the following questions as it relates to Black migration: What were the social, political, and economic factors that contributed to the migration of Black populations to and within the US especially in the 20th and 21st century? How do current-day Black migration patterns differ from earlier periods? In what ways can migration be utilized as a form of resistance to oppression both domestically and internationally?
The Class: Format: lecture; discussion
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 3315
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Class participation, weekly response papers (2 pages), and a final paper.
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: Preference given to AFR majors
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AFR 252 Division II GBST 252 Division II AMST 255 Division II
Attributes: AFR Core Electives
AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives
AMST pre-1900 Requirement

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