By creating a Dominican Studies track, the MA Program in the Study of the Americas in collaboration with the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute creates for the first time in the U.S.A. a graduate-level academic program that offers students the opportunity to acquire and/or strengthen their academic knowledge about the Dominican people both here in the U.S. and in their country of origin. The program is scheduled to launch in 2018-19.
The MA in the Study of the Americas is a 30-credit graduate program, housed in the Department of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the City College Center for Worker Education (CWE). Students take two required core courses, seven electives, and a thesis or capstone course. Taking advantage of the existing interdisciplinary framework of the MA in the Study of the Americas, the Dominican Studies track will consist of four courses that will count as part of the seven electives students must take. These courses will focus on the legacy and the socioeconomic development of the Dominican people in the Dominican Republic, in the United States, across the Americas, and in the world. Students must also take two foundational courses and either a do a Capstone or a Thesis.
The Dominican Studies Track’s educational objectives are to:
· Provide students with foundational knowledge relating to the past and present of the Dominican people from an interdisciplinary perspective;
· Cultivate critical thinking for the understanding of both the past and present of the Dominican Republic;
· Provide students with a framework for analyzing the Dominican Republic’s relations to other nations in the Americas and the world;
· Provide students with a framework for analyzing multiple experiences of Dominican-ness in the different places where people of Dominican descent live; and
· Develop students’ problem-solving skills to address current social conflicts or tensions (a) among the Dominican people, in the country of origins or abroad; (b) between or among the Dominican Republic and other nation-states in the Americas, primarily, but also in other regions.
As such, the program will expose students to systematic knowledge regarding the historical and cultural legacy of the Dominican people while also emphasizing the relationships between the Dominican Republic and the Americas.