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Black Studies

Giving voice to the Black experience.

From history and politics to music and literature, the Black Studies program encourages a greater understanding of various aspects of black culture and a new appreciation for the impact people of African descent have made on world cultures and human history.

Untold stories of the African-American experience before and after the Civil War are as close as the College’s Miller Library, where census and land records and newspaper accounts offer you a wealth of primary sources for research projects.

You might enjoy coursework focusing on the Harlem Renaissance, take classes in race and ethnicity, jazz or hip-hop, or participate in the Afro-Cuban and jazz musical ensembles to fulfill course requirements for this interdisciplinary minor. You might even choose to study abroad at Rhodes University in South Africa. Another unique opportunity for Black Studies minors is the Frederick Douglass Fellowship, awarded annually to a sophomore or junior. The grant funds student research projects on African-American studies topics.

Academic Requirements

The Black Studies minor consists of six courses (24 credits):

  • Two Humanities courses
  • Three Social Sciences courses
  • One additional course in any discipline.

At least two of the six courses must pertain to black culture outside of the United States, like POL 341 “Politics of Development” or ENG 494 “Caribbean Diaspora Literature”. Pre-approved Study Abroad courses may count toward the minor, as well as certain one-credit music ensembles. Please refer to the college catalog for a full description of the course requirements.

Students planning to minor in Black Studies should notify the Program Director, Dr. Alisha Knight, of their intent and consult with her when selecting courses for the minor.

Campus Resources

Miller Library

The Office of Multicultural Affairs

The Center for the Study of Black Culture

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    In March 21 talk, Ruth Shoge will share her research on how Caribbean women supported the construction of the Panama Canal.