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Black Studies minor

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services

The interdisciplinary minor in black studies examines the social construction of racial differences and its relation to the perpetuation of racism and racial domination. A key component of this minor is an investigation of the meanings and dimensions of blackness that reverberate from slavery and colonialism to the persistent political, social, and cultural implications in the 21st century. The minor emphasizes how blackness intersects with other ethnic identities and how it is shaped by gender, sexuality, and economic inequities. The aim is to refine and advance students’ knowledge of black life-worlds and experiences across the globe.

Notes about this minor:

  • Posting of the minor on the student's academic transcript requires a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the minor.
  • Notations may appear in the curriculum chart below outlining pre-requisites, co-requisites, and other curriculum requirements (see footnotes).
Required Course
SOCI-210 African-American Culture
Choose four of the following
   ANTH-225    Globalizing Africa
   ANTH-310    African Film and Popular Culture
   ANTH-345    Genocide and Post-Conflict Justice
   COMM-306    Rhetoric of Race Relations
   CRIM-285    Minority Groups and the Criminal Justice System
   ENGL-316    Global Literature: Black Feminist Thought
   ENGL-316    Global Literature: Caribbean Literatures
   FNRT-304    African-American Playwrights
   FNRT-322    Survey of Jazz
   FNRT-323    Survey of African-American Music
   FNRT-324    Sounds of Protest
   FNRT-371    African-American Art
   HIST-245    American Slavery and Freedom
   HIST-210/INGS-210    Culture and Politics in Urban Africa
   HIST-310/INGS-310    Global Slavery and Human Trafficking
   MLSP-352    Caribbean Cinema
   SOCI-220    Minority Group Relations
   SOCI-330    Urban (In)Justice

* At least two courses must be at the 300-level or above.