Department Information

Black Studies

Professors Boynton, V. Prince (Program Coordinators), Binnington, Christie-Searles, Davis, S. Prince, Ribeiro

Black Studies reflects the breadth and depth of African American experiences and illuminates distinctive pathways to understanding oneself in relationship to the world. The program acknowledges the vitality of African heritages while also recognizing the contingency of Black experiences in the Americas.

The Black Studies minor is an interdivisional minor based on an exploration of the American and global experience of Black people and of race as an historical category and construct. The minor requires a minimum of 24 semester credit hours. At least two courses in the minor must be at the 300 level or higher and students must have at least a 2.0 GPA in the minor. The minor requires: BLKST 100 – Introduction to Black Studies; a course in Black literature; a course in African American history; a course in African/Diaspora history; and two approved electives.

Because this minor is interdivisional, students may complete any major to satisfy the college requirement that the major and minor be in different divisions.

Course offerings vary from year to year and thus consultation with the minor coordinator at the time of declaration is strongly suggested. When appropriate, other courses – for example, Special Topics courses in relevant subjects – may be substituted for approved electives. All substitutions of alternatives for approved courses must be approved by a minor coordinator, and students must discuss any potential course substitutions prior to enrolling in the course.

The Black Studies program strongly encourages study away from campus within the United States and abroad. Credit-bearing study away programs may count for credit towards the minor at the discretion of the coordinators.

Programs

Minor