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African American and Diaspora Studies

Tracey Owens Patton, Director
111 Ross Hall
Phone: (307) 766-2481


JACQUELINE BRIDGEMAN, B.A. Stanford University 1996; J.D. University of Chicago 1999; Associate Professor of Law 2006, 2002.
TRACEY OWENS PATTON, B.A. Colorado State University 1993; M.A. 1996; Ph.D. University of Utah 2000; Professor of Communication and Journalism 2012, 2003.

Associate Professors:

DEBORAH L. MCGRIFF, B.S. University of Nebraska-Lincoln 1976; M.S.W. University of Nebraska-Omaha 1981; Ph.D. University of Wyoming 1999; Associate Professor of Counselor Education 2008, 2002.
CHERYL WELLS, B.A.H. Queens University 1995; M.A. University of South Carolina 1997; Ph.D. 2002; Associate Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies 2014.

Assistant Professors:

ULRICH ADELT, M.A. University of Hamburg, Germany 2000; Ph.D. University of Iowa 2007; Assistant Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies and American Studies.
ERIN FORBES, B.A. Reed College 2002; Ph.D. Princeton University 2009; Assistant Professor of English 2009.
KERRY PIMBLOTT, B.A. Kings College London 2005; Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign 2012; Assistant Professor of Global and Area Studies and History 2014.
B.S. SUNY Brockport 1995; M.A. Cornell University 2005; Ph.D. 2009; Assistant Professor of Global and Area Studies 2010.

Assistant Academic Professional Lecturer:

MARY L. KELLER, B.A. Williams College 1987; M.A. Syracuse University 1992; Ph.D. 2002.


LUCAS STRICKER, B.A. University of Wyoming 2005; M.F.A. 2007.

African American and Diaspora Studies

The African American and Diaspora Studies Program, through an interdisciplinary course of study, examines the experiences of African Americans in the Western United States, in the context of Africa and its Diaspora in Europe and the Americas.

African American Studies Minor

African American and Diaspora Studies offers a self-designed undergraduate major or undergraduate minor. The minor in African American and Diaspora Studies requires 21 credit hours; this includes the three-credit hour independent research. Three of those courses or (9) credit hours must include the required core courses, and the remaining courses must be at the 2000 level or higher.

The thematic tracks are recommended as a structural guide, not a requirement, to help students focus their coursework with their major.

Minor Required Courses
AAST 1000 3
AAST/HIST 2360 3
AAST 3130 3
Capstone Course
AAST 4975 3
Thematic Tracks
AAST/HIST 2360 3
AAST 3100 3
AAST 3110 3
Culture & Aesthetics
AAST 2410 3
AAST 2730 3
AAST 3000 3
AAST 3010 3
AAST 3670 3
AAST 4020 3
Politics & Law
AAST 4000 3
AAST 4400 3
AAST 4990 3
Rhetorics & English
AAST 2350 3
AAST 4160 3
AAST 4200 3
ENGL 4450 3
Religion & Philosophy
AAST 2450 3
AAST 4100 3
Media Studies
AAST 4990 3
Additional Courses
AAST 1030 3
AAST 4970 1-12
AAST 4990 3

At present, no program for graduate degrees in African American and Diaspora Studies is offered; however, some courses may be counted at the graduate level.

African American Studies (AAST) Courses

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