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
AMST200Colonialism and Its Consequences in the Americas1
AMST206Junior Colloquium: New England and Empire1
AMST225Latinidad: Introduction to Latina/o Studies1
AMST22620th-Century Franco-Caribbean Literature and the Search for Identity1
AMST245Personalizing History1
AMST273Diasporic South Asian Writing and American Studies1
AMST296Precarity in America1
AMST391Religion and the Social Construction of Race1
LAST226Spanish American Literature and Civilization1
LAST245Modern Latin America Since 18101
LAST254Tales of Resistance: Modernity and the Latin American Short Story1
LAST296Colonial Latin America1
AFAM203African American History, 1444-18771
ENGL274Caribbean Poetry and Cinema: "Fields of Islands" in an Open Sea1
ENGL279Introduction to Latina/o/x Literature and Art: Border, Citizen, Body1
ANTH210Haiti: Between Anthropology and Journalism1
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.