DAAS Concentration

Requirements for the DAAS Major (38 credits total):

Prerequisite (4 credits)

DAAS 111: “Introduction to Africa and Its Diaspora”— This 4-credit course offers necessary background for taking 200-, 300-, and 400-level courses.

2) Two courses at the 200 level (6 credits total):

  • One Area Course — This course must focus on one of three major geographic areas of the African Diaspora: Africa, the Americas, or the Caribbean. The following courses best satisfy this requirement:
    • DAAS 200, “Introduction to African Studies”
    • DAAS 201, “Introduction to African American Studies”
    • DAAS 202, “Introduction to Caribbean Studies”
  • One Cross-Area Course OR Second Area Course — If you choose to take a cross-area course, it must focus on at least two geographic areas of the African Diaspora. Those geographic areas include Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia. DAAS 211, “Dynamics of the Black Diaspora,” satisfies this cross-area requirement. If you choose to take a second area course, it must focus exclusively on one geographic area of the African Diaspora not covered in your first area course.

3) Eight courses at the 300 or 400 level (24 credits total):

  • Six Area Courses (focusing on one geographic area of the African Diaspora) — All six of these courses must focus on the same geographic area: either Africa, the Americas, or the Caribbean. The area that you choose as your focal point is your subconcentration area.
    —Among these six courses, you may include some cross-area courses if they include substantial coverage of your subconcentration area.
  • One Cross-Area Course —This course must examine diasporic issues across at least two geographic areas of the African Diaspora. Those geographic areas include Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia.
  • One Second Area Course —This course must focus exclusively on one geographic area of the African Diaspora that is not your subconcentration area.

4) One Senior Seminar: DAAS 495 (4 credits):

  • This writing-intensive course offers a capstone experience for seniors.
  • Students writing a DAAS Honors thesis must enroll in DAAS 495-Honors, an advanced section of the course. See DAAS Honors Program information here.

In selecting courses for your subconcentration, it is strongly recommended that you:

1) Cluster your 300- and 400-level courses around a particular specialization.

Many DAAS courses relate to one or more of the following specializations:

  • Health and Education
  • Expressive Cultures: Literature, Media, Arts, Religion, Languages
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Globalization, Transnationalism, and Citizenship
  • Development, Politics, Law, and Environmental Studies
  • Urban Studies and Social Inequality

2) Include courses that represent different disciplines.

For instance:

  • If you are especially interested in African anthropology, you would benefit from taking a course in African sociology or African literature.
  • If you are especially interested in African American film and visual art, you would benefit from taking a course in African American psychology, history, or communication studies.
  • If you are especially interested in Caribbean or Latin American Studies, you would benefit from taking courses offered by the Department of Romance Languages or the Program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. (In order to receive credit for courses offered by other programs or departments, you must seek permission from your DAAS advisor.)

For more information, please contact daasadvising@umich.edu.