Center for the Americas

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 focuses 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

 

Minor Requirements

The minor in Caribbean studies consists of five credits.

  • AMST200 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 2018–19 are listed here; the listing will be updated annually.

2018-2019 Courses
AMST200 Colonialism and Its Consequences in the Americas 1
AMST206 Junior Colloquium: New England and Empire 1
AMST225 Latinidad: Introduction to Latina/o Studies 1
AMST226 20th-Century Franco-Caribbean Literature and the Search for Identity 1
AMST245 Personalizing History 1
AMST273 Diasporic South Asian Writing and American Studies 1
AMST296 Precarity in America 1
AMST391 Religion and the Social Construction of Race 1
LAST226 Spanish American Literature and Civilization 1
LAST245 Modern Latin America Since 1810 1
LAST254 Tales of Resistance: Modernity and the Latin American Short Story 1
LAST296 Colonial Latin America 1
AFAM203 African American History, 1444-1877 1
ENGL274 Caribbean Poetry and Cinema: "Fields of Islands" in an Open Sea 1
ENGL279 Introduction to Latina/o/x Literature and Art: Border, Citizen, Body 1
ANTH210 Haiti: Between Anthropology and Journalism 1
2017-2018 Courses
Colonialism and Its Consequences in the Americas
Junior Colloquium: New England and Empire *
Lyric Poetry and Music: The Color and Politics of Cry, Sound, and Voice *
Religion and the Social Construction of Race *
Spanish American Literature and Civilization *
Modern Latin America Since 1810 *
Latin American Politics *
Multilingual Aesthetics in Latin America *
Spanish American 'Modernismo' in a Global Context *
Colonial Latin America *
Liberation Theology and Pentecostalism in the Americas and Africa *
African American History, 1444-1877 *
20th-Century Franco-Caribbean Literature and the Search for Identity
Contemporary Puerto Rican Art and Literature
Brown, Black, and Queer Forms and Feelings *
2016-2017 Courses
Colonialism and Its Consequences in the Americas
Latinidad: Introduction to Latina/o Studies *
Religion and the Social Construction of Race
Caribbean Writers in the U.S. Diaspora
Modern Latin America Since 1810 *
Race and Nation in Latin America *
Tales of Resistance: Modernity and the Latin American Short Story *
Latin American Politics *
Between Journalism and Anthropology
Rereading Gendered Agency: Black Women's Experience of Slavery *
African American History, 1444-1877 *
Cubanidad: Diaspora, Exiles, and Cultural Identity in Cuban Literature and Film
Latina Historical Narratives (FGSS Gateway) *
2015-2016 Courses
Latinidad: Introduction to Latina/o Studies *
Diasporic South Asian Writing and American Studies *
Introduction to Latina/o/x Literature and Art: Border, Citizen, Body *
Historicizing Latina/os
Issues in Latina/o Politics and Culture *
Asian Latino Encounters: Imagining Asia in Hispanic America *
Modern Latin America Since 1810 *
Spanish American Literature and Civilization *
Anthropology of Black Religions in the Americas
"Islas sonantes": Music and Sound Technologies in Hispanic Caribbean Literature
Haiti: Between Anthropology and Journalism
African American History, 1444-1877 *
Brown, Black, and Queer Forms and Feelings *
2014-2015 Courses
Latinidad: Introduction to Latina/o Studies *
Lyric Poetry and Music: The Color and Politics of Cry, Sound, and Voice *
Diaspora, Border, Migration: Contemporary Latina/o Politics and Culture *
Religion and the Social Construction of Race
Spanish American Literature and Civilization *
Modern Latin America Since 1810 *
Anthropology of Black Religions in the Americas
African American History, 1444-1877 *
Haiti: Between Anthropology and Journalism
Key Issues in Black Feminism (FGSS Gateway) *
20th-Century Franco-Caribbean Literature and the Search for Identity
Caribbean Poetry and Cinema: "Fields of Islands" in an Open Sea
2013-2014 Courses
Latinidad: Introduction to Latina/o Studies *
Caribbean Writers in the U.S. Diaspora
Introduction to Latina/o/x Literature and Art: Border, Citizen, Body *
Diaspora, Border, Migration: Contemporary Latina/o Politics and Culture *
Spanish American Literature and Civilization *
Modern Latin America Since 1810 *
Colonial Latin America *
Latin American Politics *
African American History, 1444-1877 *
Key Issues in Black Feminism (FGSS Gateway) *
Haiti: Between Anthropology and Journalism
Slavery, Latifundio, and Revolution in Latin American Literature and Cinema (FYS)
Place, Belonging, and Sound in the 20th c. Latina/o/x, Black, & Caribbean Imaginations--NYC

  • 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.

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