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Caribbean Studies Minor

The Center for the Americas, in conjunction with faculty across campus who teach courses that fall within the category of Caribbean Studies, sponsors a Caribbean Studies minor.  The Director of the Center for the Americas serves as the administrator for minor certification.

The site of Columbus’s first landing and the hemisphere’s first Iberian settlement, what we now call the Caribbean is temporally, geographically, and historically at the center of the Americas.  Colonized by Spain, France, England, the Netherlands, Denmark and the United States, populated by streams of labor from Africa and Asia, as well as by peoples from Europe and the Middle East, the Caribbean has extraordinary diversity in its people, languages, and cultures.  It is a microcosm of contemporary global problematics: immigrant, indigenous, settler and diasporic communities negotiating their current status as polities while preserving individual pasts and identities.

The Caribbean Studies minor at Wesleyan focus upon aspects of this region.  It draws upon faculty and curricula from many departments and programs at Wesleyan:  American Studies, Latin American Studies, African American Studies, College of Letters, Anthropology, English, Religious Studies, and Music among them.  It is by its diverse nature constituted as always multidisciplinary

The minor in Caribbean Studies consists of five credits.

AMST/LAST 200—Colonialism and Its Consequences in the Americas is required as a foundation course for the minor.

The four additional courses may be drawn from courses that fall within the category of Caribbean Studies. The Caribbean Studies courses in Wesleyan’s curriculum from 2013-14 to 2016-17 are listed here; the listing will be updated annually.

 

2016-17

AMST/LAST 200 Colonialism and Its Consequences in the Americas

*AMST 225  Latinidad: Introduction to Latina/o Studies

AMST 391  Religion and the Social Construction of Race

AMST 247  Caribbean Writers in the U.S. Diaspora

*LAST 245  Survey of Latin American History

*LAST 252  Race and Nation in Latin America

*LAST 254  Tales of Resistance

*LAST 302  Latin American Politics

ANTH 165 Between Journalism and Anthropology

*ANTH 399  Rereading Gendered Agency: Black Women’s Experience of Slavery

*AFAM 203  African American History, 1444-1877

SPAN 272  Cubanidad

*FGSS 204  Latina Historical Narratives

2015-16

*AMST 225  Latinidad: Introduction to Latina/o Studies

*AMST 273  Diasporic South Asian Writing and American Studies

*AMST 278  Introduction to Latina/o Literature: Border, Citizen, Body

AMST 306  Historicizing Latina/os

*AMST 329  Issues in Latina/o Politics and Culture

*AMST 336  Comparative Asian and Latina/o Immigrant Experiences

*LAST 241  Asian Latino Encounters: Imagining Asia in Hispanic America

*LAST 245  Survey of Latin American History

*LAST 226  Spanish American Literature and Civilization

LAST 268  Anthropology of Black Religions in the Americas

LAST 281  “Islas sonantes”: Music and Sound Technologies in Hispanic Caribbean Literature

ANTH 210  Haiti: Between Anthropology and Journalism

ANTH 116  Abriendo Caminos: Transnational Politics of the Hispanophone Caribbean

*AFAM 203  African American History, 1444-1877

*ENGL  328  Brown, Black, and Queer Forms and Feelings

 

2014-15

*AMST 225  Latinidad: The Worlds of Latina/o Studies

*AMST 302  Lyric Poetry and Music: The Color and Politics of Cry, Sound, and Voice

*AMST 328  The Immigrant City in the United States, 1880-1924

*AMST 352  Diaspora, Border, Migration: Contemporary Latina/o Politics and Culture

AMST 391  Religion and the Social Construction of Race

*LAST 226  Spanish American Literature and Civilization

*LAST 245  Survey of Latin American History

LAST 268  Anthropology of Black Religions in the Americas

*AFAM 203 African American History, 1444-1877

ANTH 210  Postquake Haiti

*ANTH 201  Key Issues in Black Feminism

COL  225  20th-Century Franco-Caribbean Literature and the Search for Identity

ENGL 274  Caribbean Poetry and Cinema: “Fields of Islands” in an Open Sea

 

2013-14

*AMST 225  Latinidad: The Worlds of Latina/o Studies

AMST 247  Caribbean Writers in the U.S. Diaspora

*AMST 278  Introduction to Latina/o Literature: Border, Citizen, Body

*AMST 352  Diaspora, Border, Migration: Contemporary Latina/o Politics and Culture

*LAST 226  Spanish American Literature and Civilization

*LAST 245  Survey of Latin American History

*LAST 296  Colonial Latin America

*LAST 300  Power and Resistance in Latin America

*LAST 302  Latin American Politics

*AFAM 203  African American History, 1444-1877

*AFAM 205  Key Issues in Black Feminism

ANTH 210  Postquake Haiti

*ENGL 141  Slavery, Latifundia, and Revolution in Latin American Literature and Cinema

ENGL 215  Place and Belonging: 20th C. Latina/o, African American, & Caribbean Imagination--NYC

 

While a specific distribution of the four electives across disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields is not required, no more than three courses in a single disciplinary field may be counted for the minor. Those courses on the list that are marked with asterisks are not primarily focused on the Caribbean but include it in a broader hemispheric context or transnational perspective. Students including asterisked courses in their minor are asked to focus paper topics or research projects on the Caribbean if that is an option in the course. No more than two asterisked courses may be counted among a student’s four electives. A student counting two asterisked courses must submit evidence of a paper or research project with a Caribbean focus for at least one of the two courses.

No more than one 100-level course may be counted for the minor.

While there is no general GPA requirement to declare or remain in the minor, a grade of B or better is required for all courses counted for the minor.

Students who study abroad in the Caribbean (or elsewhere) would be allowed to count two courses for the minor so long as the courses are focused within Caribbean Studies.  To be counted for the minor, study-abroad courses have to be approved by the Director of the Center for the Americas.