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Interdisciplinary Minor in Africa and Black Diaspora Studies

The undergraduate Interdisciplinary Minor in Africa and Black Diaspora Studies (ABLD)* is made up of courses spanning across more than 15 departments. It provides students with in-depth understanding of African and African/Black-diaspora peoples and societies around the world.

A minimum of 24 eligible units, with no more than 6 Level I units, are required for the completion of this minor.

Those wishing to learn more about Africa and Black diasporas without pursuing a minor may also choose to enroll in individual courses listed in AADS minor.

*Please note that the program was previously titled ‘African and African Diasporas Studies’ with the AADS course code. This name was changed in 2022.

Expandable List

For those wishing to complete the Interdisciplinary Minor in Africa and Black Diaspora Studies (ABLDs), a minimum of 24 units from the list below must be completed. No more than 6 units of Level 1 courses may be applied towards the completion of the Minor. Some of the courses below are cross-listed. It is the student’s responsibility to check carefully for prerequisites, co-requisites and enrollment restrictions of all courses in this list.

Please consult with McMaster’s Undergraduate Calendar to view the most up-to-date course list for the minor. Current course outlines for individual courses can often be found on Faculty and Departmental websites.

Click here for a full list of approved ABDL (formerly known as AADS) courses that are currently offered in 2022/2023.

We have faculty from across McMaster who contribute their expertise to ABLD through their excellence in research and teaching.

Click here to learn more about our affiliated faculty members.

To aid you in your studies, a list of resources available online and in the McMaster Libraries have been compiled. Primary and secondary sources both contain valuable information for AADS.

Click here to access our list of AADS resources.

Anyone with questions regarding the Minor in Africa and Black Diaspora Studies is welcome to contact:

Dr. Alpha Abebe (, ABLD Faculty Lead