Rutgers has one of the top ranked programs in African American History and has recently developed a new major in The History of Atlantic Cultures and the African Diaspora. Students interested in these fields may choose to minor in either African American history or The History of Atlantic Cultures and the African Diaspora; the department also offers a major field in The Atlantic Cultures and the African Diaspora.
The African American History Minor
Students concentrating in African-American history work primarily with Professors Mia Bay, Keith Wailoo and Deborah White. The core courses for all students concentrating in African-American history include a "Colloquium in African-American History" and the two-semester "Seminar in African-American History."
The History of the Atlantic Cultures and the African Diaspora Minor
A Minor Field in History of the Atlantic Cultures and the African Diaspora consist of the following two courses the "Colloquium in African History" and the "Colloquium in Atlantic History and the African Diaspora."
The History of the Atlantic Cultures and the African Diaspora Major
The department's program in The History of Atlantic Cultures and the African Diaspora is designed to allow students to pursue the study of black histories and cultures from transnational perspectives. The requirements for this program blend African-American history, African history, and Atlantic history. In addition to taking core course in these three fields, students who major in this program will be expected to minor in the history of a specific region-Latin America, North America, or Europe. Requirements for the Major include the following courses the "Colloquium in World History"; the "Colloquium in Atlantic History and the African Diaspora"; the Colloquium in African history; and, one course in a geographic area outside the minor field; and the Seminar in African-American history. Additional Requirements are as follows a Minor in American, European or Latin American History and demonstrated mastery of at least one relevant foreign language.