2021-2022 Edition

Academic Catalog

Caribbean Studies Minor

Introduction

The Caribbean Studies Minor is an interdisciplinary minor, administered by the Coordinator.

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: American studies, Latin American Studies, African American Studies, the College of Letters, Anthropology, English, Religious Studies, and Music, among others. It is by its diverse nature constituted as always multidisciplinary.

Minor Requirements

  • AMST200, Colonialism and Its Consequences, 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.  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.
  • All courses counted for the Minor should be 200-level and above.
  • While there is no general GPA requirement to declare or remain in the Minor, a grade of B or better is required for 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 Coordinator for the Caribbean Studies Minor.
  • The Caribbean Studies courses in Wesleyan’s curriculum from 2018-2019 to 2021-2022 are listed below.  Courses not listed may be approved by the Coordinator after discussion.

2021-2022 Courses

African American History, 1444-1877
Colonialism and Its Consequences in the Americas
Latinidad: Introduction to Latina/o Studies
Lyric Poetry and Music: The Color and Politics of Cry, Sound, and Voice
Latin American Politics
Modern Latin America Since 1810
Colonial Latin America
Black Religions in the Americas
Religion and the Social Construction of Race
Survey of Latin American Literatures, Cultures, and Ideas
Asian Latino Encounters

2020-2021 Courses

Colonialism and Its Consequences in the Americas
Latinidad: Introduction to Latina/o Studies
Diasporic South Asian Writing and American Studies
Issues in Latina/o Politics and Culture
Introduction to Latina/o/x Literature and Art
Black, White, and Queer Forms and Feelings
Latin American Politics
Survey of Latin American Literatures, Cultures, and Ideas
Multilingual Aesthetics in Latin America
"Islas sonantes": Music and Sound Technologies in Hispanic Caribbean Literature
Tales of Resistance: Modernity and the Latin American Short Story

2019-2020 Courses

African American History, 1444-1877
Colonialism and Its Consequences in the Americas
New England and Empire: Junior Colloquium
Caribbean Writers in the U.S. Diaspora
Place, Belonging, and Sound in the 20th c. Latina/o/x, Black, & Caribbean Imaginations--NYC
Latin American Politics
Histories of the Caribbean: New Questions, Methods, and Vantage Points
Empires of Captivity: The Resurgence of Atlantic Slavery in the Age of Emancipations
Black Religions in the Americas
Survey of Latin American Literatures, Cultures, and Ideas
Asian Latino Encounters

2018-2019 Courses

African American History, 1444-1877
Colonialism and Its Consequences in the Americas
New England and Empire: Junior Colloquium
Latinidad: Introduction to Latina/o Studies
20th-Century Franco-Caribbean Literature and the Search for Identity
Personalizing History
Diasporic South Asian Writing and American Studies
Religion and the Social Construction of Race
Haiti: Between Anthropology and Journalism
Caribbean Poetry and Cinema: "Fields of Islands" in an Open Sea
Introduction to Latina/o/x Literature and Art
Survey of Latin American Literatures, Cultures, and Ideas
Modern Latin America Since 1810
Colonial Latin America