The Caribbean Studies Program consists of courses in Caribbean history, literature and thought which deal with a wide range of issues including gender, religion, politics, culture, ethnicity, race, development, language, colonialism and regional common markets.
Students have the option of pursuing a formal course of study through different levels of specialization. There is a specialist program (ten specified courses), a major program (seven specified courses) and a minor program (four courses). The specialist, major and minor programs in Caribbean studies all require completion of NEW120Y1 (Introduction to Caribbean Studies) and JQR360H1 (The Canadian Census: Populations, Migrations and Demographics). Others may be chosen from a broad list of courses including those taught by the departments of Anthropology, English, History, Political Science, French or Spanish and Portuguese.
There are also a wide range of interdisciplinary courses sponsored by New College including CAR220H1 (Comparative Caribbean Literature I: Canonical Readings), CAR221H1 (Comparative Caribbean Literature II: Contemporary Readings); CAR225H1 (Caribbean Societies); CAR226H1 (Caribbean Political Thought), CAR315H1 (Caribbean Foodways Across History, Culture and Diaspora); CAR316H1 (Caribbean Religions); CAR317H1 (Caribbean Women Writers); CAR321H1 (Caribbean Visual Arts, Social Media and Performance);CAR324H1 (Capitalism and Crisis in the Caribbean); CAR325H1 (Caribbean Women Thinkers); CAR328H1 (Caribbean Indentureship and its Legacies); CAR421H1 (Global Perspectives on the Haitian Revolution); CAR428H1 (Caribbean Migrations and Diasporas).
Students registered in Caribbean studies are encouraged to pursue a complementary focus in another discipline. Students can also opt for History courses: HIS230H1 (Indigenous and Early Colonial Caribbean History) and HIS231H1 (Revolution and Emancipation in the Colonial Caribbean); a joint History and Caribbean Studies course JHN323H1 (Indigeneity in the Caribbean) and two joint courses with the Latin American Studies Program, JLN327H (Regional Perspectives on the Hispanic Caribbean) and JLN427H1 (Advanced Topics: The Hispanic Caribbean).
The Caribbean Studies program has a close relationship with the major Caribbean student associations on campus. Members of this association sit on the Caribbean Studies Program Committee and are in frequent contact with the program director.
For Caribbean Studies program requirements see New College Programs in the Faculty of Arts and Science Calendar.