All cultures in the Atlantic world and beyond have been deeply affected by the consequences of the African Diaspora. Because of this, the study of African American and Diaspora Studies has been an important field in examining modernity and post-modernity on a global scale. Xavier University of Louisiana’s African American & Diaspora Studies Program (AADS) offers an interdisciplinary, transcultural, and comparative study of the lived experiences of people of African descent from a global perspective. The program's objective is to provide students with the foundational knowledge necessary to pursue a career or to conduct scholarly research in a field that emphasizes African and African Diaspora Studies. Our faculty is drawn from disciplines as diverse as literature, art, foreign languages, political science, psychology, music, history, sociology, performance, and education. Collaboratively, our faculty and students work together and with other area colleges and universities as well as the Louisiana community to study the historical and contemporary connections among Africans and their descendants.
At Xavier, faculty and students in AADS examine the histories, politics, economies, cultures, literatures, music, and iconography of people of African descent in the Americas, the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa. Through the exploration of these fascinating topics, the minor in AADS encourages critical and analytical thinking as well as writing and public speaking skills. Our diverse core and affiliated faculty demonstrate the benefit of interdisciplinary study and multiple perspectives. Our minor in AADS enhances majors in Political Science, Pre-Law, History, Sociology and Public Health and combines coursework, service-learning, study abroad, and internships at major sites for AADS learning. Xavier’s Center for Undergraduate Research (CUR) as well as Xavier University and Tulane University's Latin American Studies Coalition (XUTULAC) have both funded numerous faculty-student research projects and programming that have resulted in conference papers, publications and lecture series that focus on AADS subject matter.