Degree Requirements

Black Studies Major

A Black Studies major requires a minimum of 32 credit hours in addition to the completion of a senior research project. The senior research project should be designed in consultation with the director of Black Studies. The senior research project may be either a one semester or a full year project. Because Black Studies is an interdisciplinary field, the senior research may be cross-listed with senior research in another discipline. Field research or field experience may comprise a portion of the senior research project. A wide range of field opportunities in local Black communities is available to students through the Center for Black Studies.

There are three core courses in Black Studies, required of a major in the area:

BLST 235Introduction to Black Studies
ENGL 255Ethnic Literature
HIST 193African American History

In addition to core courses and the senior research project, the Black Studies major requires the completion of at least one course in Women's and Gender Studies. While any Women's and Gender Studies course may be used to fulfill this requirement, students ideally should choose a course that includes a discussion of topics about Black women. Appropriate courses may be selected in consultation with the director of Black Studies.

Other requirements include the completion of one course in which the primary subject matter is Africa or the Caribbean and Latin America. This requirement is designed to encourage students to confront, in a substantial manner, the triangular relationship between the Black experience in Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America, and North America.

Black Studies Minor

The minor in Black Studies requires a minimum of 24 credit hours. Students who wish to be awarded a minor in Black Studies must complete the three core courses:

BLST 235Introduction to Black Studies
ENGL 255Ethnic Literature
HIST 193African American History

Students also are required to complete at least one Women's and Gender Studies course. While any Women's and Gender Studies course may be used to fulfill this requirement, students ideally should choose a course that includes a discussion of topics about Black women. Courses which satisfy this requirement may be selected in consultation with the director of Black Studies.

Additionally, students are required to complete one Black Studies course in which the primary subject matter is Africa or the Caribbean and Latin America, plus a senior research project in the form of a directed study that seeks to correlate Black Studies with some aspect of the student's major field. Although it is not required, students are encouraged to include a field experience component in the senior research.

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