Black Studies

Black Studies is an interdisciplinary field that explores Africa and the African Diaspora (the global dispersion of people of African ancestry), including the Americas, Britain, and Europe. Thus, African Americans, Afro Caribbeans, Afro Asians, Afro Latinos, and Afro Europeans are among those whose histories and contributions are included in Black Studies. As an interdisciplinary program, Black Studies is devoted to scholarship on the histories, political and cultural movements, institution-building, and identities of people of African ancestry. It includes the exploration of the rich cultural heritage, legacy of resistance to oppressive structures, and unique perspectives on human rights supplied by peoples of African descent. The Black Studies curriculum includes courses in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences to provide students with an understanding of the far-reaching impacts of race and ethnicity across continents. By engaging in a comparative and theoretical examination of Africa and the African Diaspora, students will be equipped to undertake an interdisciplinary scholarly analysis of various complex global questions.

Focus Courses

Cultures of Africa
Black Studies
Black Lives Matter
Independent Study
Identities, Discourse, and Social Change
Interracial Communication
African Diaspora: Literature and Culture
Caribbean Literature: History, Culture, and Identity
The African American Literary Tradition
The Harlem Renaissance
African American Women Writers
African American Fiction, 1940 to Present
Seminar on Toni Morrison
Introduction to Sub-Saharan African Culture
Ancient African Civilizations
African-American History, 1619 to 1865
Inventing Themselves: African-American Women in U.S. History
African-American History, 1865 to Present
Race, Violence, and Punishment in the United States, 1865-1976
The Long Black Freedom Struggle
Critical Race Theory
African Politics
Religious Studies
Afro-Caribbean and African American Religions: Shout, O Children!
Race, Cities, and Poverty
Visual and Performing Arts
The Black Experience: African-American Art and Criticism in the 20th and 21st Centuries
African American Cinema
The History of Jazz
Music of Black Americans
Hip-Hop and Its Antecedants

Component Courses

Identity and the Human Genome
Contemporary Women Writers of Color
Caribbean Women Writers
19th Century United States
20th Century United States
Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity in U.S. History
Caribbean Politics
The Politics of Race, Class, and Gender
Religious Studies
Liberation Theology
Race, Gender, and Ethnic Relations
Urban/Suburban Sociology: NYC
Introduction to International Migration
Sociology of Education
Visual and Performing Arts
World Music History and Ensemble
Critical Issues in American Popular Music: Blues to Hip Hop

Black Studies Courses

BL 0101 Black Lives Matter3 Credits

Attributes: ASGW American Studies: Gateway, BSFC Black Studies Focus Course, BSSS Black Studies: Social and Behavioral Sciences, PJST Peace and Justice Studies, UDIV U.S. Diversity

In the context of Ferguson, Charleston, and other national crises, this course responds to the call of students from our campus community to raise questions about and critically reflect upon the failures of democracy to recognize the value of Black Life. This course employs collective thinking, teaching, and research to focus on questions surrounding race, structural inequality, and violence. It examines the historical, geographical, cultural, social, and political ways in which race has been configured and deployed in the United States. Various faculty will bring to bear their respective scholarly lenses so that students understand race and racism across intellectual disciplines.

BL 0398 Independent Study3 Credits

Attributes: BSCP Black Studies Capstone Course

Upon request and by agreement with a professor in the program, a Black Studies minor may conduct a one-semester independent study on a defined research topic or field of study.


Garvey (English)
Hohl (History)

Advisory Committee

Babo (Sociology, International Studies)
Brunn-Bevel (Sociology and Anthropology)
Bucki (History)
Jones (Sociology and Anthropology)
Lacy (Sociology and Anthropology)
Nuru (Communication)
Sealey (Philosophy)
Torff (Visual and Performing Arts)