Why take Black and African Diaspora Studies at Dal?

Explore the dynamic cultures of Black Canadian and African peoples

Discover the often ignored African-Canadian society and culture from both a historical and contemporary perspective. Through core courses and other materials, you will discover, analyze and celebrate the history, culture and sociology of Black people in Canada and of the global African diaspora.

Degree overview

Undergraduate Degree: Minor available with BACS, BA, BComm, BCD, BCS, BMgmt, BMus, BSc
Faculty: Interdisciplinary
Campus: Studley Campus, Halifax
Program Length: 4 years
Program Start: Dependent on degree choice

What will I learn?

The course content of this minor reflects the diverse origins of African-Canadian people, from those who have been here for eight generations to recent arrivals from different points of the globe.

As a student in the minor program, you'll examine the history and culture of Black Canadians and communities of African origin throughout the world, through the lens Critical Race Theory, Black Feminist thought and other critical perspectives.

Sample courses:

  • African Nova Scotian History
  • Colonialism and the Body
  • The Idea of Race in Philosophy, Literature and Art

Visit the Academic Calendar to view degree options and course details.

Careers and future study

The Black and African Diaspora Studies minor complements your major program by enriching your overall learning experience and enhancing your preparation for a diverse range of careers, including:

  • law and business
  • academia and research
  • medicine

The Bachelor of Arts in Black and African Diaspora Studies – Major in Development

Since the 1960s, Black students have identified the need for a more diverse and inclusive academy: one which reflects Black experiences, and Black intellectual, socio-economic, political, cultural, and scientific contributions. The proposed program will provide Dalhousie students with an introduction to and immersion in this vibrant, rigorous, and growing field. The Bachelor of Arts in Black and African Diaspora Studies is being proposed to fill an important gap in Canadian University curricula.  The proposed program will provide an interdisciplinary approach to the histories, thought-material, philosophies, cultures, and lived experiences of Black peoples in Canada, North America, the Caribbean, Africa, and the African Diaspora, with the study and exploration of the historic African Nova Scotian community will be a focal point.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements vary based on your previous education and your intended program of study at Dalhousie. Learn about our admissions requirements, book a campus tour, or connect with an advisor if you have questions about your eligibility for admission.

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