African American Studies: Applying Analytical Techniques to Study the African Diaspora

3 pages | 740 words

African American Studies is an important area of study that applies analytical techniques to understand the circumstances and experiences of all the major societies of the African Diaspora. The studies were established in the late 1960s in order to correct the Eurocentric bias of most curriculums and to challenge the barriers to black advancement in society. Early African American Studies programs were often multi-disciplinary in approach, incorporating disciplines such as history, sociology, economics, and political science. However, in recent years there has been a movement towards Trans or multi-disciplinary approaches, which view the African Diaspora as a whole and attempt to situate it within a global context.